Orioles Stand Pat As Trade Deadline Passes

August 01, 2009|By Dan Connolly | Dan Connolly,dan.connolly@baltsun.com

After dealing closer George Sherrill to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday for two prospects in the club's most significant midseason trade since 2003, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail had a much calmer afternoon Friday as the nonwaiver trade deadline passed.

"Uneventful," MacPhail said. "I would say we only talked to like four or five clubs today. We only had one, something sort of different, come up today and that never really got off the ground, too. It was pretty much as I anticipated it was going to be."

On Friday, the Orioles received some interest in designated hitter Luke Scott, but nothing significant arose. MacPhail said one new team called, presumably about Scott, but, "it was clear to me that they were looking for a fallback situation if they didn't make a trade."

There also had been inquiries about Mark Hendrickson, MacPhail said, but the offers weren't significant enough to compel the Orioles to give up their lone left-handed reliever.

Heading into the season, it looked as if the Orioles might have several intriguing trade chips in pending free agents - third baseman Melvin Mora, first baseman Aubrey Huff and reliever Danys Baez. But none boosted his trade value in the past month.

Baez, who missed all of last season after elbow surgery, has a 4.41 ERA, Huff hadn't homered since July 3 before a two-run shot Friday night and Mora has just three homers all season.

"You never know how that stuff is going to play out. You never know exactly where they were on the other team's checklist," MacPhail said. "You can drive yourself nuts with all the wouldas and couldas and shouldas down the road."

MacPhail said it was a fairly active discussion period for the Orioles, and throughout the majors, because so many teams are still in playoff contention. He's satisfied with the one trade the Orioles made, adding third baseman Josh Bell, 22, and right-handed pitcher Steve Johnson, 21, to the farm system.

So is Orioles manager Dave Trembley.

"I think everybody needs to understand what the plan around here has been," Trembley said. "It's been all about trying to get as many young players as we can and trying to attract as many pieces as we can and look at where our needs are and go forward."

And that meant giving up Sherrill, a fan favorite who saved 51 games for the Orioles after coming over from the Seattle Mariners as part of the Erik Bedard trade in February 2008.

"George Sherrill was a great competitor. I think that is the word," Trembley said. "He was a competitor. He took the ball and I think he far surpassed the expectations that a lot of people, from the other side had, when he came here."

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