Jason Bartlett, who has been a shortstop target of the Orioles this offseason, has been traded to the San Diego Padres for relievers Adam Russell and Cesar Ramos.
He's now off the Orioles' wish list, leaving Minnesota's J.J. Hardy as the leading candidate to replace Cesar Izturis at shortstop -- assuming the Orioles don't re-sign Izturis.
Brendan Ryan of the St. Louis Cardinals is also a possibility. Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said Tuesday that he has had discussions with the Cardinals, Twins and Rays while searching for a shortstop.
A deal for Hardy likely won't happen today, but we know the sides have had serious talks and that minor league reliever Brett Jacobson has been mentioned as a possibility.
It's also possible that the Orioles could select someone with the fourth pick of Thursday's Rule 5 draft and include that player in a trade, whether to the Twins or another team.
The Orioles were closing in on a deal Monday that would have sent Nolan Reimold and Alfredo Simon to the Rays for Bartlett, but the Orioles backed away.
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