MLB Rumors: Orioles Look To Trade Key Outfielder

The Baltimore Orioles made a surprising, impressive run this season. One of their strengths (among many) came in the outfield, where they had three impactful starters in Anthony SantanderCedric Mullins, and Austin Hays. Per GM Mike Elias, top prospects Colton Cowser (no. 14 ranked overall in baseball) and Heston Kjerstad (no. 24) will both be "in the mix" for an outfield spot at spring training. 

For those who are good at math, that would mean five players vying for three starting spots. Two too many. 

And for those good at speculation, the word is that the O's will look to trade from that strength this offseason, sending an outfielder outbound. 

Which one could be dealt?  of MASN:

The industry speculation is that the Orioles will trade an outfielder to thin the crowd, with the most interest in Santander and Hays among the veteran crew. But only if the right offer comes along, of course.

Santander had another strong season, and launched 28 round-trippers to follow up his 33-HR season the year before. Hays has been nothing if not consistent, checking in with his 3rd straight season of slightly above-average production.

The elite prospect Cowser, adds Kubatko, seems "untouchable" at this point. The 23-year-old didn't fare too well in his 77 at-bat trial this past season, but his undeniable prospect pedigree as a power/speed combo outfielder is borne out in his .298 average in three minor league seasons, with a .420 on-base and a .909 OPS. He's hit 38 homers and stolen 34 bases. 

The Orioles are loaded with both youth and proven major league players; they should be able to build on their contender status this winter. 

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