Apparently the Baltimore Orioles are in trade talks with the Chicago Cubs involving reliever Tommy Hunter – this according to MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The prospective deal would send Hunter to the “friendly confines,” send the Orioles a prospect in return, and save the Birds approximately $1.5 million in salary. So…what do we think about that prospect?
Speaking for myself, it would come in as a relatively low-level move. However it would clear a spot in the bullpen, and help the Orioles to re-stock their minor league system. During last night’s game there were also rumors circulating that the Orioles were looking to acquire either Geraldo Parra from Milwaukee or Ben Revere from Philadelphia. Again, what do we think about that?
Both Revere and Parra are both solid corner outfielders that would help solidify the outfield corners and give the lineup a bit of pop. And keep in mind also that if the O’s can find an outfield rotation that works for them, that’ll keep the same guys in the lineup day in and day out. And in turn, that might help the order a bit.
Going back to Tommy Hunter for a moment, he’s had his issues in the Orioles’ pen. And the fact is that some fans have been clamoring for his departure for some time. It’s unclear how serious these talks are, however I’ve seen it in a few places in my twitter feed this morning and I’m of the opinion that the Cubs are serious in their quest to obtain him.
It’s also unclear if these rumors are connected in any way. Would the Orioles in effect be sending the prospect from Chicago to either Philadelphia or Milwaukee for Revere or Parra? Or are we talking two different rumors that are unrelated? The only thing I can promise is that by 4 PM this will all be sorted out!
Update (10:30 AM): FOX’s Ken Rosenthal is reporting that the Orioles are “closing in” on a deal with Milwaukee that would send Parra to the O’s for minor leaguer Zach Davies. More as we hear it!