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Chad Bradford

Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears

Orioles lack quality trade chips as deadline nears

When the Orioles acquired several players on one-year deals this offseason, it was expected that they'd have a surplus of trade bait if they were out of contention in the summer.

Well, it's late July and the Orioles are again buried in the American League East. Yet the two Orioles drawing the most interest as Sunday's 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline looms — reliever Koji Uehara and starter Jeremy Guthrie — could contractually remain under team control through next season. The other intriguing trade chip, shortstop J.J. Hardy, signed a three-year extension earlier this month and is now off the market.

Meanwhile, three players who are almost certainly gone from...