Orioles trade rumors: Baltimore interested in Justin Upton, Jay Bruce

It appears the Baltimore Orioles will be big buyers at the trade deadline this month. 

The closer we get to the MLB trade deadline, the more it seems the Baltimore Orioles will be buyers before the month is through. Baltimore is in need of hitting help, and they’re looking at some big names to come in and help fill the void as they continue to push for an AL East crown.

Right now the O’s are four games behind the Yankees in the East and a half game less than that behind the Astros for the last Wild Card spot. Hitting is going to help Baltimore get a foothold in the AL and that’s why they’re looking all over the map for help.

According to Ken Rosenthal from FOX Sports, the Orioles are ‘very serious’ about acquiring hitting and are targeting names like Jay Bruce, Carlos Gomez and Justin Upton.

This is in line with earlier reports from Rosenthal’s colleague at FOX Sports, Jon Morosi, who reported that the O’s are also in on the Johnny Cueto market as well. The chances that Baltimore springs for Cueto is less significant than if they were to make play for a hitter to add in the lineup.

Bruce was also named in Morosi’s earlier report, which seems to suggest he might be their top target if he’s now showing up in multiple reports. Upton and Gomez are interesting options for the Orioles when it comes to finding hitting relief but they’re not the only teams interested in making a deal of that nature happen.

Either way, it appears that the Orioles are becoming increasingly interested in making a move at the deadline and could be a sleeper team to watch when it comes to landing a top player before the final stretch of the season commences.