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Orioles rumors: Baltimore seeking left-handed relief depth

Baltimore could add an experienced option to its bullpen in the coming days.

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Baltimore is still seeking left-handed relief depth and could express interest in veteran Sean Burnett, according to CSN Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff.

While the Orioles did recently add Edgar Olmos and Zach Phillips, the club is hoping to add at least one other left-handed option.

Burnett is in Nationals camp after Washington signed him to a minor league deal. However, he has an April 1 opt-out in his contract and might be more willing to do so knowing the Orioles are in pursuit of depth.

If Baltimore is set on adding Burnett, there is a chance the club considers trading for him. Although it would not be a large deal, the Orioles might be better off waiting to determine if Burnett opts out of his current deal.

Felipe Rivero and Oliver Perez appear to be the favorites to earn spots in Washington's bullpen, which would leave Burnett out of the mix. There is a chance the Nationals consider carrying three lefties, although that does not appear to be likely.

Burnett missed the 2015 campaign as a result of undergoing Tommy John surgery and has been plagued by injuries in the past. He was also sidelined in 2013 and 2014.

Burnett has not allowed a run over 6.2 innings this spring and could prove to be valuable for the Orioles, who want depth beyond Brian Matusz. Matusz has only tossed a pair of innings this spring as a result of a back injury.