Now that the much-anticipated midseason trade deadline has passed, it's probably a good time to take stock of what happened over the past week and consider how it might impact the Orioles and the American League East.
Tommy Hunter throws in the high 90s and has been a big part of the Orioles bullpen for the past three years. Junior Lake is an outfielder who has not distinguished himself in parts of three major league seasons.
The deadline acquisition of outfielder Gerardo Parra from the Milwaukee Brewers probably isn’t going to impress anyone still in awe of the two huge deals pulled off by the Toronto Blue Jays this week, but it is a solid deal that addresses a key need for the Orioles.
Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that the television rights dispute between the Orioles and Washington Nationals won't be settled until after a judge hands down a decision in the lawsuit filed in New York by the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network.
There are all sorts of good reasons why the Toronto Blue Jays – who have acquired pitching ace David Price from the Detroit Tigers - are pulling out every possible stop to recover from a seven-game deficit in the American League East and get back to the postseason for the first time since 1993.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter often talks about these being “the good ol’ days,” and while he has undoubtedly been a key part of the club’s resurgence, he said his time in Baltimore has flown by.
The Toronto Blue Jays might have altered the balance of power in the American League East with the acquisition of premier power-hitting shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, but there was no indication Tuesday that the deal had ramped up pressure on the Orioles to make a dynamic midseason move of their own.
If there was any doubt about the way Nick Markakis would be received upon his return to Oriole Park with the Atlanta Braves on Monday night, it was quickly drowned out by the 30-second standing ovation he received as he stepped to the plate to lead off the first inning.