Buster Olney's latest column (insider) suggests that though Baltimore is out of the Coco Crisp sweepstakes, they're still shopping center fielder Adam Jones -- and are already in talks with the Atlanta Braves, meanwhile Michael Bourn waits for a possible extension while his agent, Scott Boras, handles his free agent clients first. This potential trade could just be leverage for one or either parties:
Moves, deals and decisions - Buster Olney (Insider)
"The Baltimore Orioles are talking to Coco Crisp and talking about an Adam Jones trade with the Atlanta Braves. Crisp is ready to choose, writes Susan Slusser."
Orioles Notes, Rumors: Smoak, Guthrie, Jones, Tae-Hyun - MLB Daily Dish (Dec 3rd)
The latest coming out of the Baltimore camp has Britt Ghiroli speculating on what might happen if Seattle lands Fielder -- it would create an environment in which Justin Smoak might suddenly be on the market and the birds would be presumably be very interested. We're also seeing that Jeremy Guthrie and Adam Jones are both big chips in a limited Orioles' arsenal, but you never know with a new GM...
Boras, Braves yet to talk extension regarding former Astros CF Michael Bourn - Examiner.com
"MLB agent Scott Boras told Examiner.com that he has yet to begin formal discussions with the Atlanta Braves regarding a possible contract extension for speedy center fielder Michael Bourn."