The Orioles still have adding another hitter on their wish list, and they have discussed acquiring first baseman Ike Davis from the New York Mets, according to an industry source. Those talks apparently hit a roadblock when the Mets were asking for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez.

While the 20-year-old Rodriguez is not untouchable, the Orioles would need a to be blown away by a deal in order to consider trading Rodriguez, who made significant strides this past season. He came to his first big league camp with some raw skill but has become more polished and had sucess at two levels -- he was 10-7 with a 3.41 ERA at Class-A Frederick and Double-A Bowie -- as well as the Arizona Fall League.

The team sees its No. 3 prospect as a big part of its future. It’s been said often that the key to the franchise's success will be developing its pitching, and it's safe to say Rodriguez is a part of that.

Having said that, if the Orioles hope to acquire an impact player by trade – I’m not saying Davis, who had a major dip in production in 2013, falls under that category – it likely means unloading prospects, particularly pitching prospects.

The Orioles’ top four prospects according to Baseball America are all pitchers – right-hander Dylan Bundy, right-hander Kevin Gausman, Rodriguez and right-hander Hunter Harvey – and they don’t look to be going anywhere unless the Orioles are overwhelmed by a deal. After being drafted this year, Harvey couldn’t be traded anyway.

Seeing the money being spent on free-agent pitching – like the three years, $30 million former Oriole Scott Feldman received – these young arms could be more valuable than ever, both to the Orioles and on the trade market.

That takes you to right-hander Mike Wright, the organization's No. 8 prospect, but the club would like to see what he does at the next level after pitching well at Double-A. Left-hander Tim Berry was just added to the 40-man, but he might be the fastest riser in the organization as the club's No. 6 prospect.