Baltimore wasn't aiming to be buyers in the summer months, but it did end up acquiring valuable pieces that set up the 2012 playoff season. Three of the four Orioles trades were with the Texas Rangers, manager Buck Showalter's former team.
The first deal ended up being minor, as Baltimore acquired left-handed reliever Zach Phillips. He gave up just one run in eight innings late in the season, but only pitched six innings the next season.
The Orioles made their biggest moves on the day of the deadline. First, they traded veteran first baseman Derrek Lee to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Lee hit just .246 with 12 homers in 85 games for Baltimore, years after being a top hitter for the Cubs. The Orioles acquired prospect Aaron Baker, who hit 22 homers for High Class-A Frederick in 2012, but has not done as well for Class-AA Bowie in 2013.
On the same day, Baltimore traded reliever Koji Uehara to Texas. Uehara had been great for the Orioles, owning a 1.72 ERA in 43 appearances. In return, the Orioles got first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter, as both ended up being key pieces for the team in 2012 and this season. Davis already had 32 homers entering Friday, as Hunter owned a 2.09 through his first 34 relief appearances.