MLB Rumors: 2 Frontrunners in Trade Talks for Red-Hot All-Star

One of the biggest prizes, and most likely trade candidates at this deadline is Detroit Tigers All-Star pitcher Michael Lorenzen. The right-hander extended his scoreless innings streak to 22.2 innings on Thursday night before finally surrendering a run. 

The Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles are thought to be the most interested parties in acquiring the free agent to be at the trade deadline.

Lorenzen signed a one-year, $8.5M contract with the Tigers last offseason in order to rebuild his value, and it's certainly been Mission: Accomplished. In his last seven starts, he has a 2.50 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a 36:12 K/BB ratio. Overall this season, he has a 3.58 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP.

The 31-year-old became a full-time starter once again last season with the Los Angeles Angels after six straight years of pitching in relief for the Cincinnati Reds. That type of flexibility will add even more value to Lorezen on the trade market, as he could slot in to a contender's rotation in the 4-5 spot for the balance of the regular season, then be a key multi-inning relief option in the playoffs.

The Orioles are in need of a rotation boost for their stretch run as they try to hold down top spot in the AL East, while the Marlins are always looking to add to their strong young pitching staff. 

Other teams that have been scouting Lorenzen include the Philadelphia Phillies, Tampa Bay Rays, Cincinnati Reds, Texas Rangers and Arizona D-backs. 

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