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Orioles rumors: Baltimore interested in Julio Borbon

The Orioles have interest in trading for outfielder Julio Borbon.

Rob Tringali

The Baltimore Orioles have interest in trading for outfielder Julio Borbon -- who was recently designated for assignment by the Texas Rangers -- according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

The Rangers designated Borbon for assignment last week to make room on their roster for starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. Texas is reportedly confident that they'll be able to complete a trade for Borbon, but the asking price appears to be high for the outfielder.

Borbon was Texas' regular center fielder in 2010. That season he hit .276/.309/.340 with 11 doubles, four triples and three home runs with 15 stolen bases in 22 attempts over 468 plate appearances. The 27-year-old owns a career batting line of .283/.324/.358 over parts of four years in the majors.

Last season, Borbon hit .304/.349/.433 with 23 doubles, eight triples, 10 home runs and 29 stolen bases in 28 attempts for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate. Beyond the Orioles, the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Houston Astros have also been tied to Borbon.

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