Orioles are the leading team of interest in the early stage of the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes.
It's a fairly easy fit as the Orioles could use some major league-ready pitching and have a number of prospects -- Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Hunter Harvey just to name a few -- whom they could deal. This rumor, however, is still in its infant stages, so don;t expect a deal to be consummated until closer to the deadline.ANALYST: Howard Bender
The Rangers released Ryan Ludwick on Sunday.
Ludwick was notified a couple days back that he would not be making the big-league team and was allowed to search for another team. He has struggled in Spring Training and hasn't been able to get over the .700 OPS mark the last two seasons. The Rangers will look internally to create outfield options for the 2015 season. Analysis: Rob Trayah