Orioles are “having ongoing dialogue” with Colby Rasmus

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In their search for a Nick Markakis replacement the Orioles are “having ongoing dialogue” with free agent outfielder Colby Rasmus, according to Jon Morosi of FOXSports.com.

Rasmus has been a center fielder for his entire career, but the 28-year-old may be willing to shift to a corner spot for the right situation.

He’s failed to live up to the early promise he showed with the Cardinals, striking out a lot and struggling to post decent batting averages, but Rasmus has 25-homer power and posted a .792 OPS for the Blue Jays in 2013/2014. By comparison, Markakis had a .707 OPS for the Orioles during that same time.

Cubs acquire Martín Maldonado from the Royals

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Last night Cubs catcher Willson Contreras was placed on the injured list with a strained muscle in his right foot. That injury inspired the Cubs to go out and get another catcher. They acquired Martín Maldonado in a trade with Kansas City in exchange for lefty Mike Montgomery, in a deal that was announced after the Cubs loss to the Reds.

Maldonado, 32, was a Gold Glove winner in 2017 with the Angels. At the moment he’s hitting .227 with six homers and 17 RBIs in 74 games. Obviously, though, defense is his calling card, as he’s a .220 career hitter with 57 homers and 210 RBIs in 686 games.

Montgomery, 30, is 1-2 with a 5.67 ERA in 20 relief appearances for the Cubs this year. He’s heading back to where his pro career began. He was drafted by Kanas City in 2008, though he was traded away in the James Shields/Wade David/Wil Myers deal in 2012. He made his big league debut for Seattle in 2015. Dayton Moore said last night that the Royals plan to use Montgomery in the rotation as a replacement for Homer Bailey, who was dealt to Oakland on Sunday.