Orioles-Rays Swap ‘Not Happening’

5:13pm: The Orioles are moving on to other targets, according to ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (on Twitter). Those alternatives include trade candidates Brendan Ryan, J.J. Hardy and free agent Orlando Cabrera.

4:48pm: Reimold is off the table, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun (on Twitter). He isn't going to Tampa and he's probably staying put.

4:13pm: The trade is "not happening," a source tells ESPN.com's Jayson Stark (on Twitter).

3:37pm: There will be no deal today, according to Ghiroli (on Twitter). The sides are close, but a trade now seems less likely than it did earlier.

2:38pm: No deal is imminent and the names vary, tweets MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli.  The Rays want Reimold and Alfredo Simon for Bartlett, tweets Connolly.

1:26pm: The Rays are talking with the Orioles about Bartlett, and it's for more than Reimold, tweets Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

11:49am: A possible deal sending Rays shortstop Jason Bartlett to the Orioles for outfielder/first baseman Nolan Reimold is heating up, tweets Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  He has one source who expects the trade to happen today.

The Rays are one of few teams with a shortstop surplus, and Bartlett may earn over $5MM in his last year before free agency.  Reimold had a strong rookie season for Baltimore in '09 but had a lost 2010.


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