Report: Orioles targeting corner infielders

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The Orioles are looking into some external options for their unsettled infield.
According to the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are exploring a handful of potential trade targets, mainly at first base and third base.
Currently, the club is using utility man Wilson Betemit at third base after Mark Reynolds -- the Opening Day starter -- showed an inability to handle the position defensively. Reynolds has been used in a rotation at first base, which has also been home to Betemit and Chris Davis.
The Sun reported the Orioles have been in talks with the Padres about third baseman Chase Headley. San Diego is said to be asking a good deal for the veteran.
The Sun report indicated the Padres have been scouting both the Orioles and their affiliates recently.
Other position players mentioned in the Sun report as Orioles targets: Philadelphia Phillies infielder Placido Polanco and Chicago Cubs first baseman/outfielder Bryan LaHair.
The team has also reportedly targeted some second-tier pitching options, including the Seattle Mariners' Jason Vargas, San Diego's Clayton Richard and the Oakland Athletics' Bartolo Colon.
The club has targets, yet the question remains: What will the Orioles be willing to give up? Top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado are believed to be off the table. The organization is devoid of prospect depth, making multiple trades challenging.
Baltimore had won five games in a row before losing 3-1 Monday in the series finale at Cleveland.