O’s, Padres Swap Salazar and Meredith

6:51pm: As several readers have pointed out, this deal may be a precursor to a Danys Baez or George Sherrill trade. 

Both have been floated as possible trade chips recently.

6:29pm:  Kubatko reports the Orioles have acquired submariner Cla Meredith in return.  He was 4-2 with a 4.17 ERA and a 20/13 K/BB ratio in 36 2/3 innings for the Padres.

"He gets a lot of ground balls and can pitch every other day," O's president Andy MacPhail said Sunday evening. "The ground ball ratio becomes more important later in the summer in our ballpark."

5:22pm: According to MASN's Roch Kubatko, the Orioles have traded infielder Oscar Salazar to the Padres.  The 31-year-old was 13-for-31 with two home runs and six RBI for the O's since his call-up in early June. 

We're waiting to hear who (or what) Baltimore got in return.  It's apparently not a "player to be named later," so we should have something shortly.  Stay tuned.

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