While a trade for Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett still hasn't been finalized, there remains a growing sense that it is going to get done, and it's not going to be just a one-for-one swap.
The Rays, whose bullpen has been depleted by free agency, are also looking for the Orioles to include Alfredo Simon in the deal. Simon's inclusion does not appear to be a deal breaker at this point, though the talks are ongoing.
If the Orioles trade Simon, that would leave them with only seven relievers on their 40-man roster.
Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail has offers out to several free-agent relievers, including Koji Uehara.
Simon, 29, went 4-2 with a 4.93 ERA and 17 saves in 49 appearances for the Orioles in 2010.
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