The Grand Slam: Analyzing the Orioles (Week 17)
Peter Schmuck looks at four things (plus one) that we learned about the Orioles over the past week.
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No news isn't good news: Baseball operations chief Dan Duquette undoubtedly worked hard to find some help before the July 31 deadline for making trades without passing players through waivers, but all he succeeded in doing was raising expectations and then dashing them. Orioles fans were hoping for at least one more solid hitter or pitcher, but instead had to watch as the good teams got better and their team stood pat. That's disappointing, but Duquette was right not to make a deal just for a public relations bump. Giving up a top prospect for a two-month rental would have been a mistake.