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Orioles have much to consider in determining how to approach trade deadline

Orioles have much to consider in determining how to approach trade deadline

At a field level, the Orioles' play over the few weeks preceding the nonwaiver trade deadline is only a fraction of the calculus that will go into the decisions that are set to shape the organization in both the short and long term.

The team's sweep at the hands of the Chicago Cubs, followed by a four-game sweep of the Texas Rangers, provided polar data points of not only the team's strengths this year but its weaknesses. And in reality, everyone even near .500 is a playoff contender with two months of baseball remaining.

What will likely drive the Orioles' decisions before the July 31 deadline goes far beyond that. Mix in the financial implications, player value assessments...

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