SEATTLE, WA - JULY 23: Starting pitcher Kevin Millwood #25 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the New York Yankees at Safeco Field on July 23, 2012 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
The Baltimore Orioles were heavily engaged in trade talks as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approached, but the club entered August without making any significant moves. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that beyond Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton, the O’s also pursued Seattle Mariners veteran Kevin Millwood and Kansas City Royals pitchers Luke Hochevar and Jonathan Broxton:
The Orioles also spoke with the Seattle Mariners about right-hander Kevin Millwood, but the Mariners wanted a better return than the O’s were willing to offer, considering Millwood’s salary is only $1 million, sources said.
There also was an earlier potential deal between the Orioles and Kansas City Royals, according to sources – at least one young Orioles pitcher, perhaps right-hander Jake Arrieta, for righty Luke Hochevar and reliever Jonathan Broxton.
The Orioles main target seemed to be starting pitching, as their rotation has been hampered by injuries and ineffectiveness this season. Baltimore made it clear that they were not interested in trading top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, but their lack of depth and talent beyond these two limited them when it came to trades.
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