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Now that he has passed waivers, you have to figure that Orioles starter Steve Trachsel needs one more good start between last night's 5 2/3 innings stint in the 10-3 loss to Seattle and Aug. 31 before he can pack his bags for a trade to a contender.

Trachsel's numbers this season (5-7, 4.88 ERA) or for his career (131-133, 4.22 ERA) are no great shakes, but he has shown a propensity to being able to work deep into games, or at least long enough to shorten the contest for a bullpen to close the deal.

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In today's baseball, that's a coveted skill, and one that a team that has postseason aspirations would be interested in. The clock is running, of course. In order to qualify for postseason play, a player must be on a team's roster before Sept. 1, meaning that any deal would have to happen before that date.

Since Trachsel has made it through waivers without being claimed by another club, you have to wonder if he'll be dealt and what the Orioles can get for him.

One player who doesn't have to worry about being traded is shortstop Miguel Tejada, whom the Orioles reportedly tried to sneak through waivers, only to have the Chicago White Sox put in a claim. (By the way, are we missing something? Why in the world would the White Sox, who are 11 1/2 games out of first place in the American League Central and 11 games out of the wild card race, try to block another team from making a deal at this point in the season with absolutely nothing to play for?)

Going forward, by placing Tejada on waivers, have the Orioles tipped their hand and indicated that they will trade him away in 2008? And what will they possibly get for him if they do make the deal?

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