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Orioles need to make smarter choices

June 25, 2017 -- The Orioles defeat the Tampa Bay Rays, 8-5, to win their first road series since April 18-20 in Cincinnati. (Denise Sanders, Baltimore Sun video)

Peter Schmuck's article about what the Orioles should do as the July trade deadline approaches needs better thought ("Stuck in difficult situation, five things for struggling Orioles to consider," June 24). The Orioles are in their mess because they gave large contracts that interfere with their ability to trade players.

To free up the money to get a quality starting pitcher, the Orioles need to get rid of Ubaldo Jimenez. Package him and Chris Davis. The former Cleveland Indians pitcher is useless, and the veteran first baseman isn't picking up the spin on the ball and therefore strikes out too often. Mr. Davis needs to take some of his money and get his eyes checked. Trey Mancini is doing a good job at first and we don't need him. Next, package Wade Miley and Mark Trumbo. Mr. Trumbo isn't hitting the home runs, and there are others on the team to pick up his slack.

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This way, if another team, out of the playoff picture, wants the Orioles sluggers they also need to take subpar pitchers off our hands.

Finally, the Orioles need to stop giving players long-term high profit contracts for things players did the previous years.

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J. Michael Collins, Reisterstown

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