The Pittsburgh Pirates are shopping Garrett Jones. The Baltimore Orioles are looking for a power bat. There are a lot of articles coming out about the Orioles possibly being interested in Jones. It’s hard to tell if these are based on any actual discussions, or if it’s a case of people connecting the dots. The Orioles want a power bat and could trade pitching to get that. The Pirates have a power bat and want pitching. It’s a perfect match, but that doesn’t necessarily mean the teams are actually talking, or the Orioles are actually interested.
Then again, that’s totally what it could mean. Here are two quotes from reporters in both towns, with the bold part for my emphasis.
Rob Biertempfel had the following to say:
The Orioles are seeking a bat with some pop, and might be interested in Garrett Jones. Baltimore could dangle some pitching, such Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta and/or reliever Pedro Strop.
Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore had something very similar:
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