It was a wild, wacky weekend in the world of American pro sports with NFL free agency hitting full swing on Friday and Major League Baseball's annual non-waiver trade deadline passing on Sunday afternoon.
Things were relatively quiet in Baltimore, though. The Ravens were patiently waiting for the distribution of funny money to die down and on Saturday the Orioles made a pair of deals, but neither was a major one.
The Ravens finally made their move on Sunday. Sure it wasn't splashy like the Eagles assembling a trio of Pro Bowl cornerbacks or the Patriots getting even scarier with the additions of Albert Haynesworth and Chad Ochocinco, but signing Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach was a pretty big deal to the Ravens.
"We looked at him since early this offseason, and he was definitely on our wish list," Ravens coach John Harbaugh told The Baltimore Sun. "Vonta fits the style of offense we are building, and his type of physical play is an addition that fits."
Meanwhile, on the other side of Lee Street, the Orioles had acquired a trio of players in separate deals with the Rangers and the Pirates. President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail dealt 36-year-old reliever Koji Uehara to Texas for first baseman Chris Davis and pitcher Tommy Hunter and traded 35-year-old first baseman Derrek Lee to Pittsburgh for Single-A first baseman Aaron Baker. Bigger-named Orioles players such as Jeremy Guthrie, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis didn't go anywhere.
"We made the judgment, right or wrong, that this wasn't the market, at the present time, for moving, for example … Adam Jones," MacPhail told the Baltimore Sun. "I am sure if we put him on the market, given the interest contending teams had in a center fielder, he could have brought us back a good haul. But we didn't see the wisdom of exploring that option at the present time."
I think both teams had productive weekends. The Ravens' two big moves -- signing Leach and re-signing Marshal Yanda -- allow the team to get back to running the ball with authority. And the Orioles got good value for while unloading an effective reliever with major durability issues and a stopgap first baseman. Some are frustrated that Guthrie wasn't dealt, but the price might be right this winter.
Your turn: Who had a better weekend -- the Ravens or the Orioles?