With the Dodgers and Padres reportedly “working hard” on getting a trade done involving outfielder Matt Kemp, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman passes along word that the Orioles, Rangers, and Mariners have all dropped out of the running.
This could be a realization that the Padres are likely to land Kemp more than anything else. Some talks just never got very far. According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles backed out due to a combination of health concerns and the Dodgers’ asking price of Kevin Gausman or Dylan Bundy.
If a deal gets done, it’s believed that Yasmani Grandal will be part of the return package for the Dodgers. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier today that pitching prospect Matt Wisler will not be included in the deal.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.