As the shortstop turns ... (updated)
Cross Ryan Theriot off the Orioles’ potential wish list as a shortstop/utility infielder.
Theriot was a candidate to be non-tendered by the Los Angeles Dodgers, but instead they dealt him today to the St. Louis Cardinals for right-hander Blake Hawksworth.
That means you might be able to scratch the Cardinals off the potentially interested list for 2010 Orioles’ shortstop Cesar Izturis, who has been a Tony La Russa favorite for years.
There also was a report from Fox Sports that the Tampa Bay Rays were getting closer to dealing shortstop Jason Bartlett and that the San Francisco Giants had become one of the most serious suitors.
But the Associated Press is reporting that former Oriole -- and recent San Diego Padre -- Miguel Tejada said he has agreed to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with San Francisco. If he plays shortstop, then the Giants won't be in the market for Bartlett.
An Orioles source said today that if the Rays are moving closer to a deal for Bartlett, then it isn’t with the Orioles. My take from that is that discussions between the Orioles and Rays for Bartlett haven’t heated up recently.
The Giants needed a shortstop, in part, because they lost free agent infielder Juan Uribe to the Dodgers.
Meanwhile, the Orioles have continued interest in retaining Izturis if nothing else opens up. And they are intrigued by Minnesota’s J.J. Hardy, who likely will be tendered a contract by the Twins – the deadline is Thursday night at midnight — but could be made available for trade.
Hardy might be expendable now that the Twins have won the negotiating rights for Japanese shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka. Assuming they sign Nishioka to a deal and don't move him to second base.
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