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July 23, 2011

Orioles and Twins potential trade partners?

The Minnesota Twins started out terribly this season, but thanks to a relatively weak American League Central race may still be buyers at the trade deadline. Needing middle to late inning relief help, the Twins are one of the clubs eyeing Orioles’ right-hander Koji Uehara, who is 1-1 with a 1.84 ERA in 40 games this season.

One of the Twins’ top pro scouts, Bob Hegman, has been at Camden Yards the past couple days and Orioles’ professional scouting director Lee MacPhail was at Target Field in Minnesota on Saturday. In any trade, the Orioles likely are looking for major-league-ready starting pitching and young position players.

The Twins have a surplus of outfielders and they recently demoted disgruntled right-hander Kevin Slowey, one of their more available trade chips, to the minors.

The sides made a swap last December when the Orioles acquired J.J. Hardy for two minor-league pitchers.

Posted by Dan Connolly at 6:52 PM | | Comments (10)


Is it just me,or does anybody else think that the Orioles professional scouting director and Lee McPhail should not be linked together in the same sentence?For that matter,either McPhail.

Slowey came with some nice buzz last season but didn't blossom as expected.

I don't know what happened to disgruntle him, but although he would be a nice fit here, if only becasue we have nobody else, his long term benefit is probably limited..

Still, the club should talk to ex-teammate JJ Hardy for an up close and personal opinion of the guy,

I'm not really interested in Slowey, but they need all the pitching they can get.

Slowey is not really disgruntled. He just wanted to be a starter this year like always, but the Twins' brass wanted him to become a reliever. I think he can be an effective #3 or #4 starter.

kevin slowey, hmmm
the league has hit 281 against him in his career...somehow, the guy goes 10-3 in 2009 when the league hit an astounding 309 and has an ERA near 5 .This year the league was hitting 317 That is BP fellas.

Add to that the fact that he averages around 5 ip/game, and has never approached 200 innings.With ERAs over 4.5

There's a bunch of reasons the Twins wanted him in the bullpen. He should be happy they wanted him at all.

You already have Kevin Slowey's all over your organization. Why would you trade for someone you already have lots of? Maybe the Os figure he'll fit right in with the rest of them?Can never have enough of guys like that...

Why would you want Kevin Slowey pitching for you in the AL East? Why?
Say it isn't so.

I have Slowey going to Mets for Mike Pelfrey who has been disapointing as a starting pitcher in NYC.

I am very much against weakening an already sorry bullpen. We need to retain good relievers. Our minor league system needs revamped to produce young talented players to avoid always dealing our performing relievers. Bell for Sherrill has not been productive.

Uehara is the most effective and reliable player we have on this team. He is a potential closer even at his age, and looks like he can remain effective for a couple more years. If we are to trade him, we need players in return that have the potential to contribute and be effective at the major league level. It is my hope that we do not trade Uehara for a bunch of worthless prospects as have done so many times in the past.

I'm surprised the O's aren't asking for the same two players they swapped to get Hardy. Sounds like something they would do. That said it amazes me at some of the fans who expect the O's to get top prospects in return for trading mediocre players. I remember most fans on this blog blasting MacPhail for the Hardy trade. Now they same who blasted him love the trade. Go figure. I love Koji but in order to get any quality in return you have to give up quality. That said I don't take Slowey for Koji unless there is a majors ready hitter included in the package.

Unless they trade for Adrian Salcedo we should not be talking to the twins, they have no other power pitchers

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A Baltimore native, Dan Connolly has been covering sports for 14 years, and baseball and the Orioles for 10 seasons, including the past six with The Sun. His first year covering baseball on a daily basis was Cal Ripken Jr.'s final season as a player. It's believed that is just a coincidence.

Steve Gould is an assistant sports editor for The Sun, overseeing Orioles coverage. The Columbia native joined The Sun as a sports copy editor in 2006 after graduating from the University of Maryland.

Peter Schmuck has been covering baseball for a lot longer than Steve Gould has been on this earth. He is now a general sports columnist, but has been a beat writer covering three major league teams (the Dodgers, Angels and Orioles) and also spent a decade as the Sun's national baseball writer. If you want more of his insight on the Orioles and other sports issues, check out his personal blog -- The Schmuck Stops Here.

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