Buster Posey

Orioles' core mission: Make the playoffs

Orioles' core mission: Make the playoffs

The Orioles’ core remained intact as Monday’s trade deadline passed with the club firmly focused on a mission that it can make the postseason, albeit a seemingly unlikely scenario given their place in the playoff picture.

Closer Zach Britton stayed put, as did right-handed reliever Brad Brach, and while American League rivals muscled up for the stretch run, the Orioles allowed the non-waiver deadline to pass without making an impact move that could shape their future.

Instead, the Orioles acquired former No. 1 overall pick Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays to man the shortstop position. The Orioles sent 18-year-old right-handed pitcher Tobias Myers to Tampa Bay.