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. Not just to us. We ended up getting him, but there were a lot of other clubs that were in the market for left-handed relievers. But his capabilities and his performance this year really distinguished himself from any other players in that position in the market."
On the deal: “We worked hard to negotiate a deal with Boston. We hated to give up a young left-handed pitcher. We tried a lot of other combinations short of Eduardo Rodriguez, but in this case it was required to make the deal. And I think with the two really talented left-handed relievers at the end of the game, along with Darren O'Day, it gives us a very, very formidable back-end of the bullpen.
On how long it took to get the deal done: “It’s been in the works for the last couple of weeks. It did start to pick up some steam in the last three or four days.”
On whether he was close to adding offensive help: “We had some other deals that almost came to fruition, but not quite. We can look at some other ways to augment our production. The pitching and the defense is very strong … and you combine that with … the power we have in our lineup. We still have a good chance to win each game because of the power we have in the lineup. There are a couple areas in the ballclub where we could use some additional offensive production, and there will be some opportunities, I think, to address that between now and the end of the season.”
On whether he could make trades in August: “Hopefully. We’ve got some hitters at Triple-A that are swinging the bats pretty good. We picked up [Jimmy] Paredes, Dariel Alvarez is doing a good job at Triple-A, and there will be some other opportunities for some bats through the waiver process. There won’t be much going on now because everybody needs waivers to get traded. So that won’t happen right away. But some time in the next couple of weeks, there will be some opportunities for us to address those needs.”
On other contenders’ moves: “There’s a lot of activity from the teams in the American League that want to win the pennant; they want to advance to the playoffs, and so when you get to this time of year, you have to take a look at how your team matches up against your competitors and where you can strengthen your club. I’m not sure we had the wherewithal to land a top starter. We have some other really attractive players, but some of them are helping our current club, right? There’s a lot of interest in last night’s pitcher, Kevin Gausman, as well there should be.”
On dealing Rodriguez: “It wasn’t our first choice to trade him. The kid has talent and he has youth, but, again, our team is in the race. We want to continue what we started, and we needed to add to our club to be competitive with the other clubs, not just in our division, but the other clubs in the American League in the playoff situation.”