The Baltimore Orioles, quiet all offseason, might finally be turning active.
The Orioles are pursuing a trade for Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel and also are interested in Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello, according to major league sources.
No deal appears close, and it seems unlikely that the Orioles would acquire both players. Kubel, 30, is owed $7.5 million next season, plus a $1 million buyout. Porcello, 24, recently avoided arbitration by agreeing to a $5.1 million salary for 2013.
Other possibilities for the Orioles include free-agent left-hander Joe Saunders and Cubs left fielder Alfonso Soriano, who is available in a trade. Soriano, however, is the least likely option, sources said.
Saunders, 31, is seeking a three-year deal, sources say. Soriano, 36, is owed $36 million over the next two years. The Cubs would need to assume the bulk of that obligation for a deal to happen, and Soriano would need to waive his no-trade clause.
To this point, the Ori...