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Orioles Analysis: O's have had success at deadline recently

The Baltimore Orioles wasted no time in proving that they were trade buyers by addressing the club's need for starting pitching on Tuesday. The deal that netted starter Scott Feldman from the Cubs and shipped out Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop to Chicago has been relatively approved by fans and analysts alike.
It's been a change of pace for the Orioles the past two seasons, as they have actively been buyers near the trade deadline for the first time in over 15 years.
Despite struggling for 14 years, Baltimore still made their share of deals in the summer months, even though most of the time they were nowhere near playoff contention.
With everybody waiting to see how Feldman pans out for the Orioles down the stretch, here's a look at how successful Baltimore with mid-season acquisitions in recent memory.

The Orioles were amidst what would be their first winning season since 1997 and were looking to add both a power bat and a veteran starter to help assist the team in obtaining a playoff berth.
They were able to get both, though one performed much better than the other and played a much larger role in the season's late months.
On July 1, Baltimore acquired veteran slugger Jim Thome from the Philadelphia Phillies for a pair of minor-league prospects. The 41-year-old had been struggling with the Phillies, hitting just .242 in a bench role.
He didn't fare much better for the Orioles, hitting .257 with three homers in 28 games, spending a large amount of time on the disabled list with a herniated disk in his neck, and going 2 for 15 in the playoffs.
After the deadline, Baltimore acquired the starter it was looking for. The Orioles shipped reliever Matt Lindstrom to Arizona for Virginia native Joe Saunders, a 31-year-old left-hander.
Saunders proved to be a worthy investment, as he went 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular-season starts. Then, he won the Wild Card game against Texas, giving up just one run in 5 2-3 innings to help extend Baltimore's season.
Saunders was a valuable piece of the Orioles' rotation in September, making the deal a great one for Baltimore.


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.

In the years prior to 2011, the majority of Baltimore's mid-season trades were salary dumps involving older players.
In 2010, the Orioles traded Miguel Tejada a second time. In 2009, they traded Aubrey Huff and Gregg Zaun.
However, they also moved George Sherrill, acquiring pitcher Steve Johnson.
ESPN's David Schoenfield is currently analyzing the best trade deadline deals each franchise has made in a 30-day series.
For Baltimore, he said the organization's best deadline move was the one it didn't make in 1996.
The Orioles were considering trading outfielder Bobby Bonilla and starter David Wells for a handful of prospects. Baltimore owner Peter Angelos nixed both deals, however.
It paid off as the Orioles went on to make the playoffs and none of the prospects ever panned out.