Orioles closing in on Reynolds, Lee reports overblown

Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail said the O’s are “making progress” in trade talks with the Diamondbacks, a swap that would net the Orioles Mark Reynolds.

Update: The Orioles and Diamondbacks are closing in on a trade. It would involve Kam Mickolio and David Hernandez.

MacPhail declined to discuss specifics of the trade, but it would likely involve an arm since Arizona needs pitching. I wrote yesterday that the Dbacks are really high on David Hernandez –they’ve tried to get him twice — so he’s a strong option to be dealt.

It’s important to note that the trade is not official and not close to being official yet. As MacPhail pointed out, trades have a tendency to break down at the last minute.

 “We have a few things going and you never really know when you are going to be able to reach across and do something,” MacPhail said. “We have a variety of things and what comes to fruition and when you just don’t know.”

Also, the Derrek Lee report –that the Os are closing in on a deal — is highly overblown. MacPhail and a separate Orioles source both confirmed that the report is extremey premature. There’s interest in the O’s, but nothing to signify that they are near a deal.

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