June 24, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres third baseman Chase Headley (7) throws to first base against the Seattle Mariners at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-US PRESSWIRE
The Baltimore Orioles plan to be buyers at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, specifically buying a starting pitcher and a corner infielder that can get on base at a high clip, writes Dan Connolly of The Baltimore Sun. The team has had preliminary discussions "with the San Diego Padres about third baseman Chase Headley, the Philadelphia Phillies about third baseman Placido Polanco and the Chicago Cubs about first baseman Bryan LaHair."
If the Orioles would be able to land any of the aforementioned names, Headley would be the most expensive in terms of assets going out, and he'd also be the best fit for Baltimore. Headley can get on base and defend his position at third base, something the Orioles desperately need and haven't had for several years now.
While the Orioles want to remain in the race to land one of the two Wild Card spots, they will certainly not be trading top prospects Dylan Bundy or Manny Machado for a two-month rental. Personally, I can't imagine the Orioles trading either under any circumstance.
Who should the Orioles try to acquire at the trade deadline?