Latest Trade Deadline Buzz: Pirates scouting Orioles for infield, bullpen help

 

By John Perrotto The Pirates and Baltimore hold spring training just 12 miles apart on the Gulf Coast of Florida, the Pirates having called Bradenton their home away from home since 1969 and the Orioles setting up camp in Sarasota. Both franchises have had vastly different seasons than expected. The Orioles hoped to end a streak of 13 consecutive losing seasons and contend in the American League East and the Pirates hoped to just be mildly respectable following last year’s 57-105 disaster. Instead, the Orioles are 18 1/2 games out of the first place in their division while the surprising Pirates trail the St. Louis Cardinals by only one game in the National League Central. Because of their divergent paths, the Pirates and Orioles are shaping up as potential trade partners. Pirates’ scouts have been following the Orioles closely in recent weeks while zeroing in on potential infield and bullpenRead More »