Orioles: Hill may be sooner, not later
I don't have a lot of inside info on this -- other than what I steal daily from Orioles beat writer Jeff Zrebiec -- but I've got to believe the Orioles nail down the deal for pitching reclamation project Rich Hill in the next day or two if they're going to do it at all.
The Orioles seem to have the inside track on all the surplus Cubs prospects, but now that everyone knows Hill is available, you've got to believe some other teams will try to get involved if the O's don't finalize the thing soon. We've heard the Mariners also have been sniffing around and maybe the Royals. And why not? The guy had some pretty impressive stats a couple of years ago.
It's possible that Andy MacPhail is waiting to see if he can sign free agent Braden Looper. They may be willing to acquire both pitchers, but there is the small matter of moving players off the 40-man roster to make room, so maybe Andy is just going to take one of the other.
Of course, you're probably wondering what I'm doing poking around the baseball world while the Super Bowl is going on, but this is a full-service blog and I know there are some non-football fans out there surfing the net.
This one's for you.