So, three of the biggest names potentially available at the non-waiver trade deadline are already off the block.
Philadelphia Phillies’ lefty Cole Hamels signed a six-year, $144 million contract extension, while the Miami Marlins traded third baseman Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers dealt pitcher Zack Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels.
And I know what some of you are thinking: If the Orioles badly need a third baseman and a top-of-the-rotation starter, why didn’t they trade for Ramirez or Greinke?
The answer is simple: They weren’t willing to give up what it would take to land such a big fish (or Brewer). Or, perhaps more accurately,...