MLB Daily Dish conveys Jon Heyman's report of this rumor.
Baltimore continues its search for starting pitching and is interested in Mariners starter Wade Miley, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.
Since the end of June, the Orioles have been seeking starting pitching help and are known to be especially interested in a left-handed starting option. After falling to the Blue Jays on Saturday afternoon, the Orioles are half a game behind Toronto in the American League East standings.
It seems Seattle has made Miley available, most notably after General Manager Jerry Dipoto told Heyman the Mariners aren’t considering moving James Paxton or Taijuan Walker.
Seattle could position itself to take advantage of a starting pitching market that doesn’t feature many lefties. Jon Niese, Matt Moore and Hector Santiago appear to be the lefties drawing the most interest, although the Rays and Angels might be reluctant to move their left-handed starters.
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The Orioles have received virtually no production out of the third, fourth and fifth spots in their entirely right-handed rotation this season, so the pursuit of an arm to help support Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and the club’s slugging lineup and strong bullpen certainly makes sense.
Looks as though the "inevitable deal" logic is about to jell ;- ) and with Karns on the 15-day DL, SSI can heartily recommend Wade LeBlanc in the 5th slot. Didn't think he was Moyer earlier, but neither do I think he's a meatball now. Would be enthused about half-a-dozen starts behind Felix, Kuma, Paxton, and Taijuan until something better coalesced ... perhaps that something coalescing on August 1?
Vidal Nuno has 40 perfectly decent starts in the bigs also. Or, there's Chris Archer West ... reel in a Joe Smith to replace, take your chances in the 8th, and re-rack your Michael Pineda buckshot?
DRIVE-BY on BRUCE / O'NEILL
If you think that Jay Bruce is an illusion, then you don't trade anybody for him, much less your 1A prospect. Some people in the game think that, and some people don't - hence the "wildly moving trade market" on him. Either prediction is reasonable. IF DiPoto trades for Bruce, that automatically means that DiPoto is in the "Bruce .500 SLG" camp.
If you think that Jay Bruce is a 100-RBI man when healthy, well... Tyler O'Neill is cool but the definition of a Grade A prospect is that he has a 30% chance to be a star.
Jay Bruce has averaged 31 homers and 95 RBI per year, lifetime. Bruce was a #12 overall pick, has made three All-Star teams, finished high in the ROY voting a fourth year, finished top-10 MVP twice and maybe will again this year. He generates 6 runs per game in his good (healthy) years and 4 runs per game in those two bad (unhealthy?) years. Jay Buhner with a few less walks.
If we had a three time All-Star, and he was back in All-Star form as July 31 approached -- think Robinson Cano, loosely speaking -- we wouldn't deal him for an unheralded AA cleanup hitter. Just saying.
If you think that Bruce is good, but that O'Neill *is* Jay Bruce at less salary ... your binomial calculator needs to be hauled in to dry dock, amigo. Tank doesn't have a 100% chance to be an All-Star. Neither does he have a 50% chance at it. Almost nobody does; I've noticed that even the #2 picks in the draft are suspect. Let's remember, good-naturedly, that we've suffered for years over Jesus Montero(s) and now that we be chicken about it, we could trade one for a Major League Thumper, we want the possibilities again ;- )
On the other hand, O'Neill is of course cheaper and he could of course be better than Bruce has been. That's mesmerizing. If you're very bullish on O'Neill, as Gordon is, that's your prerogative. Remember Gillick had a list of 4 guys in Gillick's last year he wouldn't deal regardless; there was Nageotte and Blackley and Jose Lopez, but Felix was on that yellow sticky note. Maybe you have O'Neill on yours.
If you are Dr. D, you see this potential deal as a classic Fair Trade in which Future ROI is cashed in for roughly equal Now ROI. You're not winning or losing, mathematically; you're borrowing from tomorrow to pay today. Whether you want to do that ... hm. Have to see all the trades as a package, natch.
My two cents,