Found July 24, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Over the weekend it was reported that the Baltimore Orioles were "tapped out" financially after acquiring right-hander Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs. Baltimore swung it's second trade of the summer last night -- acquiring Francisco Rodriguez from the Milwaukee Brewers -- and Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting today that they may not be done making moves just yet. At this point, the Orioles are continuing to explore ways to improve their pitching staff. Specifically, Rosenthal notes that Baltimore is talking to the Houston Astros about their available arms, including Bud Norris, Lucas Harrell and Erik Bedard. Rosenthal says the O's would likely balk at the asking price of Norris, who along with Jake Peavy is viewed as one of the market's top remaining arms now that Feldman, Matt Garza and Ricky Nolasco have been traded. Between the two trades they've already completed, the Orioles have parted with a pair of struggling major leaguers in Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop and a middling infield prospect in Nick Delmonico, while adding less than $4 million to their salary. For this reason, Rosenthal believes Baltimore might have some additional room to work with, despite earlier reports of financial inflexibility. Norris is the most expensive of the Astros' trio in regards to his remaining salary, as the right-hander will receive another $1.5 million this season. That shouldn't be viewed as a deterrent, but Houston will likely be looking for significant prospects in exchange for Norris. Harrell and Bedard, who are each owed less than $500k from here on out, can likely be had for lesser packages. At this point the Orioles boast a starting rotation that consists of Feldman, Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman. They've been getting solid production from everyone but Hammel, and considering he was their ace for most of last season it's hard to imagine them moving him to the bullpen. However, if general manager Dan Duquette believes he can upgrade the rotation at the right price he's shown that he's willing to do it. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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