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Peter Schmuck | August 21, 2014
Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification. There have been countless situations where that bargain paid off with a missing puzzle piece that helped a team get into the playoffs, but there are plenty of other instances where things didn't work out so well. The jury is still out on 2014, of course, but the early returns haven't been so great for a couple teams that acquired front-line starting pitchers.
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Peter Schmuck | August 21, 2014
Major league teams obsess throughout the month of July about the deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, then some of them sacrifice their best young talent for the prospect of some instant postseason gratification. There have been countless situations where that bargain paid off with a missing puzzle piece that helped a team get into the playoffs, but there are plenty of other instances where things didn't work out so well. The jury is still out on 2014, of course, but the early returns haven't been so great for a couple teams that acquired front-line starting pitchers.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 16, 2012
We're going to make this a simple bar blog today. The Orioles are still clinging to the second American League Wild Card spot - a ½-game ahead of three teams. So, yes, they are still very much in the postseason race on July 16. But 4/5 of the Orioles' Opening Day rotation is either hurt or in the minors. Right now, the club's most experienced big league starter is 24-year-old Chris Tillman, who has made 37  major league starts - and just one this year. That could change Wednesday when someone - maybe Tommy Hunter - takes the spot of Jason Hammel, who is having knee surgery and will be lost for roughly a month, maybe longer.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
WASHINGTON - When the Orioles were discussing trades last month with various teams, they fielded requests targeting their top four pitching prospects: right-handers Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey and left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez, who they ultimately dealt Thursday to the Boston Red Sox for reliever Andrew Miller. But there was another wave of inquiries this summer, too. According to multiple sources, teams asked about the availability of several Orioles position prospects, including Triple-A Norfolk outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker, Double-A Bowie outfielder Mike Yastrzemski and Low-A Delmarva catcher Chance Sisco.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
As we reported last night, the salary of Joe Blanton is a sticking point in a deal to bring the husky right-hander to Baltimore. The Orioles just aren't paying $3 million or anything close to it for a two-month rental, No. 4-type starter So if not Blanton, whom do the Orioles get to put in their starting rotation? There aren't a lot of choices. Lefty Jason Vargas long has been a guy the Orioles have liked - they talked about dealing for him this winter. And Vargas is having a solid year, albeit with his home games at Safeco Field.
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August 2, 2011
Rangers, Braves fortified Stephen Miller Morning Call Two of the biggest trade deadline acquisitions — Hunter Pence going to the Phillies and Carlos Beltran joining the Giants — came from teams already well-positioned to reach the playoffs. The Rangers and Braves are teams that were in more precarious spots but should play into October after their recent moves. Texas added two of baseball's top setup men in Mike Adams and Koji Uehara, fortifying a bullpen that ranked 11th in the American League in ERA. Those additions should help the Rangers hold off the Angels in the AL West.
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By Dan Connolly, The Baltimore Sun | July 1, 2013
With the Orioles entering July in second place in the American League East and tied with the Oakland A's for the top Wild Card spot, it's natural to look ahead to the end of the month and baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. The Orioles are, without a doubt, buyers this time around - with potential needs in the rotation, bullpen and possibly at designated hitter. "Our pitching needs to improve, whether that's better performance from the players we have or additions we can make to the team if we are going to advance," said Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette.
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By Matt Vensel | July 5, 2011
Oh, the mediocre have fallen. The Orioles, who a month ago were staying somewhat relevant and hanging around in the AL East, now have the second-worst record in the American League and are a dozen games behind the Red Sox in the wild-card standings. So now besides next week’s All-Star Game, where Orioles catcher Matt Wieters will get his moment in the spotlight, the next important date on the calendar is July 31. That’s Major League Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline, and the Orioles’ latest midseason swoon has removed any doubt about whether they will be sellers four weeks from now. That’s probably a good thing for management because if the Orioles were still in contention, fans would be clamoring for the team to be buyers at the deadline, which would have been foolish during a half-completed roster reconstruction.
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By Michael Lee and The Washington Post | February 21, 2013
Long after what might have been his last - or second-to-last - practice as a member of the Washington Wizards, Jordan Crawford hardly looked like a man worried about his future or prepared to distance himself from his teammates. Engaged in a shooting contest with Bradley Beal, A.J. Price, Chris Singleton, Garrett Temple and Cartier Martin, Crawford giggled and talked trash as the players attempted long jumpers near center court. But as he headed to the locker room, Crawford blew past reporters, ignoring requests to speak to him, likely aware that the line of questioning would revolve around his diminished role and the possibility that he will be dealt by today's 3 p.m. trade deadline.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke to reporters before Thursday's game about the trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire left-hander Andrew Miller , as well as the nonwaiver trade deadline passing. Here is what he said: On Miller: "We were looking to add some depth to our pitching, and the acquisition of Miller gives us a left-handed pitcher that can dominate left-handed hitters. This year, he's been highly effective against righties, as well. And looking at the market, we had good depth to our starting pitching, and we thought if we're going to make a real impact acquisition, that this would be the players we would get.” More on Miller: “Miller's emergence this year being able to get out right-handers along with lefties made him very attractive.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2014
Yesterday was the biggest media circus in Baltimore in years, and we all survived. Here are the fruits of it in the Coffee Companion, where we recap the local sports headlines from the previous day. - Ravens running back Ray Rice's first public comments since his two-game suspension for his domestic assault arrest went over well yesterday, with Mike Preston saying the apology was the first step towards forgiving the veteran running back...
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
There's roughly 80 minutes left before the nonwaiver trade deadline expires, and the Orioles have not yet made a move. I don't think that's necessarily indicative of what will occur in the next hour-plus. I talked to one guy today who joked that Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette should be wearing a watch that keeps track of seconds -- because that's how he often plays these deadlines. The trade for Bud Norris last year on this day went down at the last minute, so it would be no shock if an 11th-hour deal like that happens again.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2014
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette spoke to reporters before Thursday's game about the trade with the Boston Red Sox to acquire left-hander Andrew Miller , as well as the nonwaiver trade deadline passing. Here is what he said: On Miller: "We were looking to add some depth to our pitching, and the acquisition of Miller gives us a left-handed pitcher that can dominate left-handed hitters. This year, he's been highly effective against righties, as well. And looking at the market, we had good depth to our starting pitching, and we thought if we're going to make a real impact acquisition, that this would be the players we would get.” More on Miller: “Miller's emergence this year being able to get out right-handers along with lefties made him very attractive.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
I just saw a commercial for pulled pork pizza from Papa John's. Can anyone confirm whether that is worth eating? I feel like it's a great idea, but the execution needs to be there. In return for your assistance, I will compile the day's local sports headlines in the Coffee Companion, as I do most days but did not do yesterday. - Manny Machado provided his first bit of Orioles Magic last night, getting his first walk-off hit in the form of a 12th-inning home run in a 7-6 win over the Angels . I wish he would have pimped it a little more, but that's just me. It's a typical Orioles win, if you think back to 2012, but Dan Connolly believes this team is better than that one . - There was plenty of off-field news, including a wild Hollywood Reporter article about the dispute over MASN money that could have huge long-term affects on the organization, and some trade deadline notes.
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 30, 2014
As the nonwaiver trade deadline approaches Thursday at 4 p.m., the Orioles are focused on acquiring a mid-level starter and a left-handed reliever, as well as a potential upgrade offensively at either second base or catcher. The club has talked to several teams about acquiring a versatile left-hander who could push Brian Matusz into more of a lefty specialist role. Left-handers are hitting .233 against Matusz, while right-handers are batting .308 versus him. Adding another left-handed reliever would make the Orioles' stout bullpen even stronger.
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By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | July 19, 2014
OAKLAND, Calif. - With the nonwaiver trade deadline around the corner, we have our latest rumor about veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett pitching for the Orioles. We had enough of those in the offseason before Burnett signed a one-year, $16 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. According to a Fox Sports report, the Orioles and Phillies have had “preliminary talks” about a trade. Let's not get ahead of ourselves here. The Orioles' rotation had a 3.17 ERA over the past 34 games heading into Saturday night.
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Peter Schmuck | July 17, 2010
The July 31 deadline for making trades without sending players through waivers is approaching fast, but you can forgive me if I'm having trouble getting terribly excited about all the attractive possibilities that await the Orioles. That's because the in-season trading cutoffs — both the waiver deadline and Aug. 31 deadline for traded players to be eligible for the postseason — have mostly been used in recent years to dispatch useful players to contending teams that are willing to pick up their salaries and send back a medium prospect or two. This year figures to be no exception.
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By David Selig and The Baltimore Sun | August 1, 2013
The Orioles sure weren't timid in their approach to this year's non-waiver trade deadline. They kicked off the unofficial trading season with their deal for Scott Feldman, grabbed Francisco Rodriguez last week and then beat the deadline by minutes with a trade for Bud Norris on Wednesday . To get Norris from Houston, the Orioles gave up two in-state products, L.J. Hoes and Josh Hader, which may have given some fans pause about the move....
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By Dan Connolly and The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2013
Closing in on the last hour before the non-waiver trade deadline and I have a quick breather to tell you what I've heard. And that's that the Orioles aren't particularly close to a deal. Now there's the caveat that things can change rapidly. And we've seen it happen before. But right now it looks like they may not get anything done. One industry source said that's not for a lack of trying. They are apparently still contacting several teams today, but they don't want to take on a ton of salary or give up their best prospects.
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