So another non-waiver trade deadline has passed and the Orioles, who had been sellers for years and were considered buyers in 2012, ended up being window shoppers.
I'm glad we're in a bar, because I know I could use a drink. Can't tell you how foolish I feel being exhausted while working to uncover trade rumors when the Orioles, ultimately, did nothing.
They just kicked tires, including the rather large radials belonging to Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Joe Blanton. In the end, they didn't make a deal with the Phillies, or anyone for that matter.
Honestly, that surprised me. Orioles' executive vice president Dan Duquette seemingly inquired about everyone. He was adamant earlier this month that he was going to make this team better. And I thought he'd add one or two pieces, a pitcher and a corner infielder.
The problem is, according to the Orioles, other teams were asking for a specific group of players, namely uber-prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, and talented but inconsistent starters Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton and Brian Matusz.