Is Michael Young about to make the trek down I-95 to Camden Yards?:

Michael YoungAccording to several sources (@JeffPassan) in the City of Brotherly Love, third base prospect Cody Asche is being recalled today for the Phillies. That would lead most educated baseball fans to the conclusion that Michael Young has or is in the process of being traded. As it turns out according to @KenRosenthal, Young has an iron clad no-trade clause that ONLY excludes his former team the Rangers. That being said, it doesn’t look like the Rangers want him back and the Phils are desperate to move him so Asche can play everyday. Teams that I feel Young would waive his no trade for are the Orioles, Yankees and Red Sox. I don’t see him going to a National League team because his best value is as a right handed DH and spot infield guy.

“Stud” Bud Norris is been scratched from his start tonight at Camden Yards vs. the Orioles:

Don’t get too hyped Orioles nation. Norris is probably heading west on I-70 to Pittsburgh in a package built around hard throwing 6’7″ RHP Tyler Glasnow, among other Pirates prospects. If not there, the RedSox are still looking to add someone, but according to Peter Gammons (@pgammo) the BoSox won’t move stud prospect Xander Bogaerts for anyone (including Cliff Lee). That leaves teams like the Orioles (don’t think that happening) and the DBacks are possible landing spots for Stud Bud.

Time for the Orioles to beat up on some lesser teams over the next 17 games:

And with all this trade “activity” heating up, don’t forget your Orioles start a HUGE 17 game stretch in which I think they need to go no worse than 12-5 or 11-6 and here’s why.

Now that Norris has been scratched/traded, the Orioles should be in good position to take at least 5 of 6 this week vs. the Lastros and M’s. Especially since they miss both King Felix and Iwakuma in the M’s series. And don’t bring up that bum Erik Bedard either.

Then Sunday afternoon its a 5.5 hour flight to my homeland, San Diego, to begin a mini two game series with the reeling Pads. After that it’s a short flight up to take on the punting Giants in the best ballpark this side of Camden Yards. After that, a quick flight to Arizona to take on an average, but slumping D’Backs squad for 3 before returning to the Yards to take on the Rockies in two weeks. See what I’m saying?

This 17 game stretch could be a defining one either way. Go .500 during this stretch and the never losing Rays will have the AL East division all but clinched before the Ravens even play their first game. But a 12-5 or even 13-4 stretch could push that Ravens opener to the back burner for even the die hard purple kool aid drinkers… Time will only tell..