Baltimore Orioles: Where Might the O’s Trade John Means?
Which teams are interested?
Before looking at potential prospects coming to Birdland, we can cross off some teams that will not be interested. Among other rebuilding teams, the Nationals, Twins, Royals, Rangers, Pirates, Cubs, and Diamondbacks are looking to gain prospects instead of trading them away. Plus, the Reds and A’s want to cut payroll and trade away good players instead of adding them.
We can also take the Angels and Rockies off the list, who probably do not want to trade with Mike Elias after getting fleeced by him in recent years. Means also gives up a concerning number of homers and would suffer at altitude. On that note, the Red Sox, Yankees, Phillies, Brewers, White Sox, and Astros would not want to bring him to another hitter-friendly park.
The Orioles are open to trading within the division, but the Rays and Blue Jays would not want to pay the higher price that comes with intra-division trades. We can also take off the Miami Marlins, the only team that does not need more pitching. That still leaves us with nine realistic trade options, and I will go over what I think are the three most likely ones.