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MacPhail's slow-developing market may have gotten a push

Before Sunday’s game, Orioles president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail was asked if he had had the opportunity to clear roster space via trade before making the decision to demote reserve catcher Craig Tatum Triple-A Norfolk.

The underlying meaning was clear. We wanted to know where MacPhail was on the trade-talk front. He has a few pieces to move, such as corner infielders and pending free agents Ty Wigginton and Miguel Tejada.

Teams could use both of those guys, but they are not headliners in this market, not when pitchers Dan Haren and Roy Oswalt were rumored to be available for contenders. This is what MacPhail said before Sunday's game:

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"It's kind of a slow-developing market at this point," MacPhail said. "My own impression is that we have some of these big-target starting pitchers out there who probably have a lot of teams focused on whether they are in or out of that picture or not before they move on to other targets. I think that might be slowing down our market a little."

Well, one has moved, with the Los Angeles Angels reportedly getting Haren from the Arizona Diamondbacks for a package that included Joe Saunders. Oswalt is still out there for now, but there are complications involving his contract wishes.

So one can make the argument that the market just freed itself up a little. If that means anything for the Orioles – and I am not so sure it does – only time will tell. You have less than a week before Saturday's non-waiver trade deadline.

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