According to Jon Morosi at Foxsports,
Â ”The Rockies, Mariners, Indians and A’s have played well enough over the past two weeks that their mid-season auctions appear to be on hold. That is not true for the Baltimore Orioles.
The Orioles are running fifth in baseball’s best division, and there is almost no chance that they will rally and make the playoffs.
But here’s the good news: While other teams remain in limbo, the Orioles should have plenty of chances to trade veterans and augment the future core of Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters.
Several teams have already inquired about left-handed hitters Aubrey Huff and Luke Scott, an industry executive said Saturday.
Huff will probably be moved before the July 31 non-waiver deadline, because he’s in the final year of a contract that pays him $8 million this year. (He doesn’t have a no-trade provision, either.) Scott is a less obvious trade candidate, because he’s not scheduled to be a free agent until after the 2012 season.
The Reds, Giants, Tigers and Braves â€” each of whom would like to add power at one corner position or another â€” are among the teams that could match up well in trade talks with the Orioles.
Huff, 32, has been Baltimore’s everyday first baseman and also could have appeal to American League teams seeking a designated hitter. With a .755 OPS, Huff is well behind last year’s pace, when he batted .304 with 32 home runs and 108 RBIs.”
Â If the Mets aren’t among the teams pursuing Huff I throw my hands up in the air. (Just did it)Â Here’s the skinny on Huff.Â His numbers don’t make youÂ want to dream up mock lineups but he still nothing to scoff at.Â Much more than I can say for the Tatis/Murphy Platoon at 1st.Â He also wouldn’t cost nearly as much as Nick “Freak Accident” Johnson.Â
Huff – .261/.324/.432, 8 HRs, 41RBIs
Tatis – .259/.338/.379, 2HRs, 13RBIs
Murphy – .238/.324/.354, 4HRs, 19RBIs
Â By the way here’s the latest on Delgado according to KFFL,
“Ben Shpigel, of The New York Times, reports New York Mets 1B Carlos Delgado (hip) is on schedule in his rehab from hip surgery. He has mostly been limited to riding an exercise bike and said his therapy will intensify in two or three weeks.”
Â Does this news make you confident?Â Does it make you want to stay pat with Tatis/Murphy until Delgado gets back, all whileÂ hoping heÂ doesn’t take long to find his swing and REMAINS healthy the rest of the year?Â FYI – Huff has played in over 150 games the last 2 years.
Â Now, what would the O’s want in return?Â They currently have the worst pitching staffÂ in the league with a 5.15 era and have recorded an ALÂ worst 20 “Quality Starts”.Â Their ace, Jeremy Guthrie has an ERA of 5.52 with a WHIP of 1.45.Â Their #2 Pitcher, Rich Hill, has a 5.81 ERA and a whip of 1.63.Â Could Dillon Gee be enticing for the O’s?Â He has a respectable 4.10 ERA in 9 starts.Â Â How about Brad Holt?Â In the FSL , he posted a 4-1 record with a 3.05 ERA inÂ 41 Innings.Â He recently made the jump to Binghamton where he made an impressive start going 6.1 Innings and only giving up 2 runs.