For Konerko, no still means no

Enough dirt has been dumped on the possibility of Paul Konerko signing with the Orioles, but I’ll break out the shovel one more time.

Konerko’s agent, Craig Landis, met in the lobby with White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf a few minutes ago, and they headed up one of the elevators for another round of talks.

I’m told again that Konerko has no interest in playing for the Orioles. He lives in Arizona and the White Sox train in Glendale. He also wants to end his career on a winning team.

Also, you’ve heard the rumors about the Orioles and Rays engaged in trade talks regarding shortstop Jason Bartlett and outfielder Nolan Reimold. Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times says the Orioles would have to include another player.

There’s a feeling that a deal could be announced later today.

Someone with the Rays offered a “maybe” when asked about the likelihood of a trade, which led one reporter to quip, “That probably means it’s done.”

I’m in agreement with other reporters here that it’s not wise to sell low on Reimold, especially for a player who can be a free agent after next season. It makes you wonder if the Orioles sense that he’s not going to rebound from a hugely disappointing 2010 season. And do they view Felix Pie as their everyday left fielder, or could this trade lead to another move?

Stay tuned.

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