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O’s among the teams interested in Cespedes

The Orioles reportedly view Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes as a potential fit in Baltimore, according to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, though Bradford adds that there is “nothing remotely imminent” at this point.

It’s unclear at this point who the Red Sox would target in return, but Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen would have to be considered a possibility. Chen, like Cespedes, is set to become a free agent following next season.

The Red Sox are also said to still be discussing a potential deal with the Tigers, according to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, that would involve swapping Cespedes for Rick Porcello, another starter entering the final year of his contract.

Boston doesn’t appear to be close on any potential trade involving Cespedes, but it’s starting to seem more and more likely that the Red Sox will solve their logjam in the outfield by moving Cespedes in exchange for starting pitching.

– Paul Casella

Cubs reportedly pursuing Gomes

The Cubs are reportedly interested in free agent outfielder Jonny Gomes, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.

With Jon Lester now in the fold, one of the Cubs’ next moves is apparently to target Gomes, a teammate of Lester’s on the 2013 World Series champion Red Sox. The 34-year-old Gomes struggled to a .234/.327/.330 batting line this past season with just six home runs and 37 RBIs over 112 combined games between the Red Sox and Athletics.

Gomes has also been linked to the Orioles, Rangers and Mariners over the past week.

– Paul Casella

Mets remain interested in Breslow

The Mets reportedly remain in contact with free agent reliever Craig Breslow, according to FOX Sports colleagues Jon Morosi and Ken Rosnethal.

Breslow, 34, has garnered interest from a number of teams already this offseason, despite a disappointing 2014 campaign. Although the southpaw posted an unsightly 5.96 ERA over 60 appearances with the Red Sox this past season, he had racked up a collective 2.82 ERA over the previous six seasons, including a 1.81 mark in 61 outings in 2013.

Acquiring another left-handed reliever is a known priority for the Mets, but they figure to have plenty of competition when it comes to Breslow. The Orioles are among the other teams known to be interested in Breslow, but that list is likely to grow as the offseason progresses.

– Paul Casella

Orioles, Mariners and Rangers all out on Kemp

The Orioles, Mariners and Rangers are all reportedly out of the running to land Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman.

All three clubs had emerged as potential landing spots for Kemp in recent weeks, but it now appears that the Dodgers are intent on finalizing a deal with the Padres. Heyman goes as far as to say it might be “Padres or bust” when it comes to dealing Kemp this offseason.

Earlier reports from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal on Tuesday indicated that the Padres and Dodgers were “getting closer” to reaching a deal. The ongoing negotiations seem to involve who exactly the Padres would pair with catcher Yasmani Grandal in exchange for Kemp. Top pitching prospect Matt Wisler is not expected to be included in any deal, but fellow prospects Joe Ross and Zach Eflin have each been mentioned as possible pieces to a potential deal.

– Paul Casella

Dodgers, Padres “getting closer” on Kemp deal

The Padres and Dodgers are reportedly “working hard” to complete a deal that would send outfielder Matt Kemp to San Diego, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

The Padres have emerged as the favorite to land Kemp in recent days, though a number of other teams remain interested in a potential trade for the Dodgers slugger. As for the potential return package, Rosenthal reports that the Dodgers want another strong piece — possibly Padres top pitching prospect Matthew Wisler — in addition to catcher Yasmani Grandal.

Though it could be considered a steep price, the Padres have plenty of organizational catching depth and could be willing to part with a young pitcher in order to upgrade their offense. It’s no secret that improving upon their league-worst offense from 2014 was the Padres’ main goal this offseason.

After already missing out on free agents Pablo Sandoval and Yasmany Tomas, the Padres seem intent on not letting Kemp get away. The Mariners, Rangers and Orioles have also been linked to Kemp recently, but the Dodgers — as of right now — appear to be focused on trying to work out a deal with the Padres.

– Paul Casella

Byrd could be an option for O’s

Add Marlon Byrd to the Orioles’ list of potential outfield replacements. Byrd’s name has reportedly been floated as a potential target if the club ultimately elects to turn to the trade market for a new outfielder, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com.

The O’s are still pursuing a number of options, both in free agency and via trade, to replace recently departed outfielder Nick Markakis. The club has reportedly reached out to free agent outfielders Nori Aoki and Colby Rasmus, among others. Melky Cabrera remains the top free agent outfielder on the market, though the Orioles don’t appear to be actively pursuing him.

“I think these free-agent possibilities are going to come into play, into focus a little quicker than the trade possibilities,” said Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.

Byrd has posted a .277/.323/.476 batting line to go along with 49 home runs and 173 RBIs over the past two seasons between the Phillies, Mets and Pirates. Considering the 37-year-old Byrd is not part of the Phillies’ rebuilding process, he is a prime candidate to be traded this offseason.

In addition to Byrd, the O’s have been rumored to have discussed a potential Justin Upton trade with the Braves, though Duquette denied any such talks on Monday. Baltimore has also been linked to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, though those talks have seemingly died down in recent days.

– Paul Casella

Upton rumors heating up

The Braves are continuing to field offers for outfielder Justin Upton, with the Orioles, Rangers and Padres among the teams showing interest, according to MLB.com’s Mark Bowman.

The Mariners could also enter the picture if they end up not signing free agent oufielder Melky Cabrera, according to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, though they would be unlikely to give up a “top young pitcher” for a one-year rental such as Upton.

It’s unclear how far talks have gotten with any of the aforementioned teams, but the Braves are not believed to have received a substantial offer yet. While nothing seems imminent, an Upton trade would certainly make sense, especially after the Braves signed free agent outfielder Nick Markakis to a four-year deal last week.

Upton is owed $14.5 million next season, the final year in his current contract. With the Braves currently hovering around a rebuilding state, they’ll likely try to get what they can for Upton this offseason as opposed to letting him walk away next year and getting nothing in return.

– Paul Casella

Reports: Blue Jays interested in Duquette, Williams for president/CEO job

The owners of the Blue Jays are searching for a replacement for longtime president and CEO Paul Beeston, according to a report from ESPN’s Buster Olney, and they have discussed filling that position with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette or White Sox executive vice president Ken Williams.

Beeston became the Jays’ first employee in 1976 and their president and CEO in ’89, leaving for a job in the Commissioner’s Office in ’97 but returning in 2008.

Duquette, who has helped to turn around the Orioles since being hired in November 2011, has won multiple Executive of the Year awards this winter. He’s under contract with Baltimore through 2018, so the club would not have to let him go, or could ask for significant compensation if it does. However, Duquette is a “top candidate” for the job, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

The White Sox promoted Williams from general manager to executive vice president after the 2012 season, with Rick Hahn taking over as GM. The club is “balking” at allowing the Blue Jays permission to speak to Williams about the position, according to Rosenthal, who reports that Williams is considering resigning.

“I’m focused on helping the White Sox win another championship,” Williams told Rosenthal. “I’ve considered all options as anyone would given the set of circumstances.”

– Andrew Simon

Report: O’s getting heavy interest in Chen

Considering their starting pitching depth and other areas of need, it could make sense for the Orioles to be active in the trade market.

If they are, one pitcher who might be on the move is left-hander Wei-Yin Chen. The Baltimore Sun, citing an industry source, reported Saturday that Chen has been the subject of more inquiries than any other player on the club’s 25-man roster.

According to the report, Orioles executives have described interest in Chen as “very high.” The Taiwan product is set to make $4.75 million in his upcoming age-29 season before becoming a free-agent. In 2014, his third year in the big leagues, he went 16-6 with a 3.54 ERA over 31 starts.

The Orioles already have talked about one deal involving Chen this offseason, according to the Sun, discussing but ultimately rejecting a trade with the Angels that involved second baseman Howie Kendrick.

Baltimore also has right-handers Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez and Ubaldo Jimenez as rotation options. Norris, also set to become a free agent after next season, has received some trade interest, the Sun reported. Jimenez, with $38.75 million left on his contract, would be difficult to move after posting a 4.81 ERA in ’14.

– Andrew Simon

Orioles sign Gamboa to big league contract

The Orioles added depth to their pitching staff on Wednesday, signing right-hander Eddie Gamboa to a Major League contract, the club announced.

Gamboa has never pitched in the Majors and has been in Baltimore’s farm system since he was drafted in the 21st round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft. He split this season between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk, combining for a 5-7 record and 3.81 ERA over 33 appearances, including 29 starts. Gamboa averaged 8.6 strikeouts per nine innings, which was a career-high.

The 29-year-old is currently playing winter ball with Navajoa of the Mexican Pacific League. He’s 4-2 with a 1.33 ERA over eight starts, with 49 strikeouts against six walks.

The Orioles have now filled their 40-man roster.

–Austin Laymance

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