The Orioles have failed in their pursuit of several free agent outfielders this offseason, so they might now be turning to the trade market to fill their need.
Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the O’s “appear to be closing in on a deal” that would send one or two minor leaguers to the Pirates in exchange for 26-year-old outfielder Travis Snider. The two sides also had discussions about Snider in December and lefty Brian Matusz was floated as a possible return, but that scenario eventually died out. Matusz is not involved in this round of negotiations.
Snider batted .288/.356/.524 for the Bucs in the second half of the 2014 season, but they’re ready to hand the right field job over to super prospect Gregory Polanco.
Snider’s left-handed power would play well at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.
He’s due $2.1 million in 2015 and will be arbitration-eligible for the final time in 2016.