Great thoughts Thursday on the trade deadline.
And apologies for not popping back in later on in the evening. Had a job and bar in Baltimore jack, went out for a ride and never went back.
Actually, I was just burning up the phone lines. Twice had to recharge my cell-phone battery and the Orioles didn't do anything. Imagine if they actually had made some deals. I would have had a left cauliflower ear worthy of a high school wrestler.
I understand the point of those who say it's tough to evaluate the Orioles' inactivity. Hard to rip them (or applaud them) when we don't know what was on the table. Believe me, we tried to find out.
And from what I could piece together from talking to industry people the Orioles had few trade conversations with other teams. They weren't being pursued and they weren't being aggressive either. If true – and without being on the absolute inside it's hard to know all of it -- that's somewhat disappointing.
But let's face facts, too. As we've been writing throughout the month, the Orioles had almost nothing to peddle. They weren't trading Brian Roberts this July. They are going to make a run at an extension this offseason, and if it doesn't happen, then maybe they'll be aggressive on the trade market. Not until then, though.
Nearly every other veteran they have is not particularly attractive to other teams. We heard no one was really calling for Aubrey Huff despite his tremendous numbers. He's owed $8 million next year and is viewed by National League teams as a DH only. There was no real fit there.
So, basically, the Orioles may not have been as aggressive as they could have been in dealing closer George Sherrill. Since he is under club control through 2011, they didn't have to move him (though his value is high right now). There also were a lot of lefty relievers being dangled and, as MacPhail pointed out, barely any were moved.
The Orioles may not have done anything, but several other teams did. The Red Sox shed Manny Ramirez and acquired Jason Bay, the White Sox grabbed Ken Griffey Jr., and the Yankees picked up Pudge Rodriguez, Damaso Marte and Xavier Nady.
The Dodgers' addition of Manny sure will help their offense, but they now have 24 outfielders on their 25-man roster. A strange fit.
Overall, I think the best moves this month were Milwaukee getting C.C. Sabathia and the Angels adding Mark Teixeira. I think those two clubs are the teams to beat in their respective leagues.
Also, I'm most surprised that the Seattle Mariners weren't selling and the Tampa Bay Rays weren't buying. What do you think?
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