Thanks to MLBTR-
-Brian Roberts is not in Orioles' camp today; he's gone to a local hospital for a stomach ailment.
Roch Kubatko does not believe he's secretly been traded.
-Roberts will make no trade demands.
-Ken Rosenthal says the chances of a Roberts trade "seem to diminish each day." Rosenthal cites Roberts' relationship with Peter Angelos, and wonders whether the Orioles could wait until July to get more teams involved. If a Cubs deal does occur, Ronny Cedeno is highly likely to be included.
-Three days ago, ESPN's Peter Gammons wrote that the Cubs refuse to part with Felix Pie or Jose Ceda for Roberts. Also, many MLBTR readers have speculated that the Orioles no longer have use for any of the Cubs' outfielders.
If this deal does in fact happen it will be before Spring games start. My deadline for a deal is Weds. Feb. 27th. If it does not happen by then, then it will not happen.
I also see Murton being traded before Opening Day. He will either go to the O's in the Roberts trade, or the Rangers. But more than likely he will go to the Padres for a couple of decent prospects.
The other player likely on the move is Marquis. He could be the odd man out in the rotation meaning either he is the long man in the pen or traded to a team that needs pitching depth. I see the Angels and BoSox being a good fit. The Angels have Willits, which would be a great addition if Pie does not cut it at the plate. Even if Pie does do well he would be the ideal 4th outfielder. The Red Sox may trade Crisp for Marquis straight up becuase Crisp will lose his CF spot in ST and will want out of Boston. He could fill the role in CF but could still be a backup in Chicago.