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Face-Off: One trade too many for these Orioles

The Baltimore Orioles making three trades in July before the non-waiver deadline? As little as two years ago, that would be unheard of.
But now with contender status, a competitive division, and a chance to make a serious playoff run have changed things.
However, I think the trading was actually too much. Acquiring Scott Feldman was a good deal. Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop weren't going to figure things out in Baltimore and needed fresh starts.
Feldman is a solid pitcher, a good clubhouse guy, and has ties to the multitude of former Texas players, and manager, on the Orioles.
And I even get picking up Bud Norris, which may have been a knee-jerk reaction to Boston's getting Jake Peavy.
Norris has good stuff and if he can do what he did in his Orioles debut Thursday, he'lll be a nice piece in Baltimore's starting rotation for the rest of this year and the next two.
I think the price may have been a bit steep though.
LJ Hoes is only 23 and has done outstanding at Class-AAA Norfolk this season. He may have been the left fielder of the future for the Orioles.
But that's not the trade I have a problem with. If Baltimore was planning on picking up two starters, that left an odd man out of their rotation.
Jason Hammel has struggled in the rotation. He should be figuring things out in the bullpen.
But now that the Orioles have Francisco Rodriguez, that won't be an option. Sure, K-Rod won a World Series 11 years ago. And he was one of the best closers in the early-to-mid 2000's.
I just don't like the fit. Rodriguez is now the third set-up man.
Baltimore manager Buck Showalter isn't going to make K-Rod his closer or call him in over a fresh Darren O'Day or Tommy Hunter in the seventh and eighth. Why trade a top 10 prospect in Nicky Delmonico for a two-month loan of Rodriguez?
And now that the Orioles rotation is shaping up to be a solid one down the stretch, there's less need for a plethora of middle relievers.
If the Orioles really wanted another hard-throwing righty in their pen, why not bring back up Kevin Gausman? Instead, they got a guy that had a 4.38 ERA a season ago and is a shell of his former self.

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