O's aren't looking to break up core

With the trade deadline 6 weeks away, the O's see few deals near. As `buyers and sellers,' they'll look to improve, not overhaul.

June 20, 2006|By JEFF ZREBIEC | JEFF ZREBIEC,SUN REPORTER

At this point last year, the Orioles were one of the league's biggest surprises and expected to be big-time buyers before the trade deadline. They held a dwindling lead over their big-spending and hard-charging brethren in the American League East, and with injuries mounting, reinforcements were clearly needed.

However, after a long flirtation with the Florida Marlins about pitcher A.J. Burnett, the Orioles' big-time trade deadline addition was outfielder Eric Byrnes. The Orioles fell out of first place in late June and never got it back and several players cited the perceived front office inactivity as a key factor in the club's eventual collapse.

Marlins@Orioles Tonight, 7:05, Comcast SportsNet, 1090 AM Starters: Marlins' Dontrelle Willis (3-6, 4.39) vs. Orioles' Daniel Cabrera (4-3, 4.17)

AVAILABLE FOR A PRICE

JEFF CONINE

If his offense improves, versatility and playoff pedigree will attract in terest from winning teams. Would likely draw mid-level prospects in return.

LUIS MATOS

Tenure with Orioles could be drawing to an end. As of now, Orioles haven't gotten many calls on out fielder, but that could change with injuries.

BRUCE CHEN

Free agent next year has attracted some attention despite struggles. Every body wants pitching, but Orioles aren't going to just give him away.

BIGGEST TRADE CHIPS

LATROY HAWKINS

Orioles not looking to move him, but free-agent status next year and league-wide bullpen con cerns certainly create a market.

RODRIGO LOPEZ

Has won 14 games or more in three of past four seasons. There won't be that many pitchers on market with better re sumes.

LAVY LOPEX

The Orioles' biggest trade chip, Lopez brings power and catching depth. He is also due $8.5 million, a price that has already scared teams away.

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