Not long after Andrew Cashner came off the market, there was yet another report of a pitcher the Orioles were supposedly interested in.
On Thursday, an industry source said that it was highly unlikely that the Orioles were going to be able to pry Cashner away from the San Diego Padres.
With the nonwaiver trade deadline three days away, the Miami Marlins sent four players, including first baseman Josh Naylor, who was the ninth overall pick in the 2015 draft and pitcher Jarred Cosart to San Diego for Cashner, Collin Rea and reliever Tayron Guerrero.
ESPN.com reported that the Orioles are now interested in Erasmo Ramirez, a right-handed swingman for the Tampa Bay Rays. Ramirez, who is only 26, is club controllable for three more seasons.
Ramirez has started only once this season, and is 7-8 with a 3.90 ERA in 40 games for the Rays.
He has a 2-3 record with a 3.65 ERA in 12 games against the Orioles, and has a nifty 0.831 WHIP against them.
Ramirez is one of several Rays pitchers including Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi who the Orioles could be interested in, but do the Orioles have prospects that intrigue Tampa Bay?
A former Ray, Jeremy Hellickson, who is currently with Philadelphia, could be the next starter dealt.
The Phillies are looking for a top shelf prospect and while the Orioles have shown interest in him, the many Philadelphia executives who once worked in Baltimore have intimate knowledge of the Orioles farm system.
Hellickson has a lifetime record of 56-55, and is 7-7 with a 3.65 ERA with the Phillies, a team with a losing record.
With Texas, Toronto and others interested in adding a starter, the Orioles probably don’t have the prospects to match those of others.
NOTE: Julio Borbon, who was designated for assignment on Tuesday, cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Bowie.