MLB Trade Rumors: Orioles Eyeing 3 All-Star Closers At Trade Deadline

The Baltimore Orioles are still one of the teams to beat in the American League this season, but they are trying to make do without their dominant closer, Felix Bautista, who's out for the season due to Tommy John surgery.

They've tried Craig Kimbrel, though the results, unsurprisingly, have been mighty inconsistent. 

 Per USA Today’s Bob Nightengale: 

The Baltimore Orioles privately realize that they are going to have to find a closer for the pennant stretch with Craig Kimbrel melting down. 

Nightengale adds that the O's have their eyes on three established veteran closers as we head into the summer trade season: 

Jordan Romano

Speaking of "melting down", that's pretty much the Toronto Blue Jays 2024 season. The once-hopeful contender is off to a dreadful start at 18-22, and with Romano eligible to become a free agent in 2025, they might look to recoup some assets for him at the deadline.

Ryan Helsley

Likewise, the St. Louis Cardinals season isn't going gangbusters, and their flamethrower at the back end of the bullpen leads the majors in saves with 12, while posting a 1.42 ERA. The Cards could, and should, be sellers. 

 Ryan Pressly

The longtime Houston Astros closer and two-time All-Star has been relegated to a setup role this season, and it's not going too well. He has a career-worst 5.65 ERA and a brutal 1.74 WHIP. Perhaps getting back to the 9th inning role can re-establish his mojo.  

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