Given the Orioles' need for a corner infielder, Miami third baseman Hanley Ramirez might have made sense in Baltimore.
But early Wednesday morning, the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the O's to the punch, acquiring Ramirez (and left-handed reliever Randy Choate) from the Marlins in exchange for rookie starter Nathan Eovaldi and minor league pitcher Scott McGough.
Dan Connolly, citing an industry source, reported Tuesday night that the Marlins might have had interest in a young O's starter -- such as Jake Arrieta, Brian Matusz or Zach Britton -- but Baltimore would have had to include much more in a trade proposal given the competition for Ramirez.
With Ramirez off the market, the Orioles' still have a need for a hitter -- and a starting pitcher. Connolly wrote this morning about the remaining trade possibilities for the O's.