According to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have contacted shortstop Cesar Izturis‘ agent to express interest. Zrebiec believes the 28 year-old defensive whiz tops their list. Izturis earned $3.05MM this year.
The Orioles have also had trade discussions for Khalil Greene and Bobby Crosby. The Padres requested Garrett Olson for Greene, and the Orioles passed.
Zrebiec says the Orioles are not interested in Rafael Furcal, Orlando Cabrera, or Edgar Renteria. If they spend big on a free agent, it’ll be A.J. Burnett or Mark Teixeira. However, Furcal’s agent Paul Kinzer said yesterday that the O’s are one of six teams to have shown interest in his client.