Connolly's Bar: Should Orioles be buyers at trade deadline?
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.
Second baseman Robert Andino hurt his left shoulder on Sunday and his status for the near future is uncertain (though he predicts no DL for him).
Question marks abound for this team as the trade deadline approaches. I believe the Orioles are going to try to make a run and will attempt to add a hitter with a high on-base percentage and a starting pitcher.
Obviously, we don’t know whether those will be good moves until we know what the cost will be.
Here’s my question: Should the Orioles give up some of their minor leaguers to make a postseason run, given that they haven’t been in the playoffs since 1997? Or, with a 7-15 recent record and a club riddled with holes and injuries, should they keep all their prospects that have value to another team?
What would you do if you were the GM?
Daily Think Special: Should the Orioles still be buyers at the trade deadline?