By Dan Connolly
5:46 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Do the Orioles have a chance to land Gavin Floyd or Carlos Quentin from the Chicago White Sox?
Absolutely. Or maybe not at all. It really depends on whom you ask.The sides have definitely talked -- and there is no question the Orioles would love to bring Floyd, a Mount St. Joseph alum, back to Baltimore. They also would be a decent fit for outfielder Carlos Quentin, whom the White Sox would consider moving to make room for Dayan Viciedo.
But there are some conflicting signals coming out of Chicago.
The White Sox traded their closer (Sergio Santos) today for a minor league pitcher (Nestor Molina) who wasn’t even on Baseball America’s Top 30 list in the Toronto Blue Jays’ organization last year.
So that’s a sure sign that the White Sox are in seller mode.
But earlier today, their GM, Kenny Williams, told reporters that although this may be the start of rebuilding, he expects to hold on to his veteran pitchers -- Floyd and John Danks -- because the offers from other teams just aren’t good enough.
Maybe that’s posturing. Maybe that’s his stance.
But the truth is the Orioles don’t have much to give up. The White Sox want to get younger and cheaper, and the Orioles don’t seem to want to unload any of their young pitching except maybe Brad Bergesen, whose name apparently has been floated around the Hilton Anatole.
So they are likely one of the teams that simply haven’t offered enough.
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