Ravens trade in the works?

August 23, 2007 | Drew Forrester

Rumors are flying around Baltimore that the Ravens are on the verge of making a trade just three weeks before the start of their regular season.

“We’d like to be able to pull off this deal soon so we can get the players into camp and have them learn our offensive system,” said Ravens GM Ozzie Newsome earlier tonight.

Ravens Coach Brian Billick shared Newsome’s enthusiam.  “As we saw in our pre-season loss to the Giants, we need more offensive productivity if we want to be competitive in the very-tough AFC,” said Billick.  “Adding these offensive weapons should help us a lot in 2007.”

According to sources, the Ravens and Texas Rangers are discussing a deal that would send Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Ramon Vazquez and Marlon Byrd to Baltimore in exchange for two Ravens draft picks in 2008.  Those three players were responsible for 17 of the Rangers 30 runs in their 30-3 win over the Orioles on Wednesday night in Baltimore.

“Those three guys would add a great deal to our offense,” remarked Newsome.  “We need – to borrow a baseball term – some real “home run hitters” here with the Ravens and they just might be a perfect fit.”