NO, this isn't a trade rumor. It's just a total dis on Matos by The Washington Post:When Richard Hidalgo, signed to a minor league contract Sunday, arrives at the Baltimore Orioles' camp -- he is expected Tuesday -- he will find an outfield just as crowded as the clubhouse. There are seven outfielders with a legitimate chance to start on Opening Day, yet only right fielder Jay Gibbons is assured a roster spot.
There is a utility player (David Newhan), a veteran (Jeff Conine), an ex Bostonian cowboy (Kevin Millar), a former top prospect (Corey Patterson) and prized prospect (Nick Markakis). And, of course, there is Hidalgo, who may just win the job because, at one point, he was considered one of the best players in the game, and at 30 it's hardly fair to call him washed up.
No mention of Matos in that group. Although Jorge Arangure Jr. does mention him a few paragraphs later, stating
It will fall upon Manager Sam Perlozzo to find playing time for everyone this spring. His job becomes slightly easier when Luis Matos leaves camp to play in the World Baseball Classic.
It is certainly hard to see Matos starting for us, given that group. But then why are we hanging onto him? Do we expect to see a sudden return to his 2003 form?