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I'm really not sure if it's because the word is out that the Orioles have a lot of payroll space or just that it's apparent the O's need a quality veteran starter, but good teams are beating a path to their door to try and unload expensive arms.

Of course, everybody knows they've been holding trade conversations with the Texas Rangers about right-hander Kevin Millwood, but there also have been other overtures. The Atlanta Braves are dangling Derek Lowe just a year after signing him to a big free agent deal and the Phillies would like to unload Joe Blanton to avoid a salary arbitration hit.

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Millwood still seems to make the most sense if he can be picked up for a medium pitching prospect, because he has just the one year left on his contract and the Rangers might be willing to absorb $3 million of his $12 million guarantee. Blanton made $5.475 million last year and stands to get a pretty good raise in arbitration after going 12-8 with a 4.05 ERA and 163 strikeouts, but he probably would require more talent in return.

Lowe won 15 games last year and has averaged 15 wins over the past eight years with the Red Sox, Dodgers and Braves, but his hits/inning ratio was very high and -- more importantly -- he has three guaranteed years remaining on his $15 million per year contract. That's a lot of cake for a 36-year-old guy.

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