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Orioles rumors: Baltimore 'very interested' in Julio Borbon

The Orioles "remain very interested" in Rangers OF Julio Borbon.

Rob Tringali

The Baltimore Orioles have previously been tied to Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon, and the O's "remain very interested" in the 27-year-old, according to Brittany Ghiroli of

The Rangers designated Borbon for assignment last week to make room on the 40-man roster for right-handed starting pitcher Nick Tepesch. It was reported yesterday that the Rangers are seeking a pitcher with options remaining in exchange for Borbon.

As things currently stand, the Orioles are reportedly hesitant to meet the demand of the Rangers -- which is said to be high. Texas is confident that they'll be able to work out a trade for the outfielder, which they'll have to do before 2 p.m. today or else he'll need to be exposed to waivers.

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 20 stolen bases in 28 attempts for the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate.

The Orioles covet Borbon for the left-handed bat he provides, his speed on the base paths and his defense in the outfield. Beyond Baltimore, the New York Mets, Houston Astros, Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs have all been tied to Borbon.


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