Trade fallout: No Pie without Peavy

Long-running trade talks about a possible three-team or four-team deal that would send Jake Peavy from the Padres to the Cubs have been called off, which apparently ends the Orioles' pursuit of Cubs outfield prospect Felix Pie.

The Orioles were revealed last month as one of the teams targeted by the Cubs and Pads to facilitate the deal, but Orioles officials indicated then that the proposal that would send pitcher Garrett Olson to the Padres to receive Pie from the Cubs would not be pursued as a stand-alone deal. Wouldn't make sense anyway, since it wasn't the Cubs who were interested in Olson.

The acquisition of speedy outfielder Ryan Freel didn't preclude a deal for Pie, but I have to believe there's no longer any sense of urgency to acquire another left-handed hitting outfielder. It's not inconceivable that the O's make another offer for Pie, but they've got more important things on their to-do list.

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