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Orioles need to deal Ponson to free up cash

Updated: July 23, 2005, 12:25 AM ET
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The Baltimore Orioles could have a new ace as soon as Friday night.

ESPN's Peter Gammons reports that talks between the Marlins and Orioles for pitcher A.J. Burnett heated up Friday afternoon.

According to a source, if the Orioles can move pitcher Sidney Ponson -- rumored to go through Texas, possibly to Tampa Bay -- Baltimore can use the money saved to make third baseman Mike Lowell's contract work.

Lowell, who is batting a disappointing .230 with just four homers and 39 RBI, ...

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