No deal has been completed yet with the Orioles. A reliable source tells Kartik's World that the hangup is whether the Orioles will part with AAA prospect Hayden Penn who the Marlins want rather than Sidney Ponson whose salary (and bad behavior no doubt) the Orioles are trying to dump on the Marlins. The same source indicates that the Marlins are ready to ship Penn and perhaps Juan Encarnacion to Oakland for ace pitcher Barry Zito before the July 31st trading deadline.
The source tells Kartik's World that A.J. Burnett will without question be traded within the next 48 hours. If Mike Lowell is not dealt to either Baltimore or Pittsburgh, chances are the Marlins will be forced to keep him and then may need to move Juan Encarnacion's salary before the dealine. Keep checking this site for frequent updates.
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