In shocking news the Orioles have recently been rumored to have put no other than Dylan Bundy out on the trade block. But who would the Orioles move Bundy for. Most would think that the Orioles would move Bundy for a proven ace the likes of the Phillies Cliff Lee or the White Sox’ Jake Peavy. However the rumor mill is swirling with the talks of the Orioles looking for a DH. In my opinion Henry Urrutia has proven himself as a viable designated hitter in Major League Baseball, but the O’s seek to add a proven hitter.
ESPN’ Buster Olney and the Baltimore Sun’s own Dan Connelly have linked the Orioles to the Minnesota Twins former MVP Justin Morneau. While the move would give the Orioles a solid left handed DH with a little more pop than Urrutia, is the injury risk a detractor from the deal? Morneau has missed substantial time in the past due to concussions. Coupled with declining numbers I don’t really view Morneau as an upgrade to what the Orioles already have. This season he is batting .264 with 8 home runs and 53 rbi’s. With this being the final year of his deal the Twins will likely eat much of the 14 million due to Morneau the rest of this season.
ESPN’ Buster Olney has reported on twitter that the Orioles have had “internal discussions” about Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin. Quentin is 31 (A year younger than Morneau) and has decent splits while playing half of his games at pitcher friendly Petco Park batting .255/.351/.492. Quentin also has a year left on his deal but is owed 25 million next year. The Orioles aren’t tipically known for the huge splash high dollar moves, but reports have also surfaced that Owner Peter Angelos has loosened the purse strings in hopes of a Orioles pennant.
No matter what I believe the Orioles will make a move before Wednesdays Non-waiver trade deadline. Also I don’t really think that Bundy will be moved in any of those deals, Tommy John surgery keeping him off the mound until next year and the limited performances this season makes it very hard to move him. But whatever move they do make it will be left up to Dan Duquette to acquire the last piece to bring the World Series back to Baltimore.