Dan Duquette confident he can trade Delmon Young

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said he has confidence that he will be able to trade Delmon Young, who the club designated for assignment Wednesday evening.

"Delmon is a qualified major league hitter," Duquette said. "And hopefully we will be able to find a spot for him in a few days."


The team now has 10 days to trade, release or ask waivers on Young, who hit .270 with two homers in 52 games for the Orioles this year.

Duquette said current trade talk is not limited to Young, and that it will continue throughout the month to help the Orioles improve their roster.

"We're working on a number of different conversations. We'll see how that develops," Duquette said. "I'm glad we're back in the race, and we've got a good roster at Triple-A, and we've got a good roster in the big leagues. We're going to try to keep it going. We'll be active on the trade front. We've had active discussions with a number of teams already."

Young, who is owed roughly $1.2 million on his current deal, became the odd man out recently because of the emergence of Chris Parmelee at first base and the resurgence of Jimmy Paredes' bat at designated hitter. That created a logjam of at least seven corner outfielders – too many considering the Orioles had just six relievers.

"I like having the extra bats on the bench, there's value to that. But it's a constant balancing act with the roster. We do the best we can every day to have the most competitive team we can have out there every day," Duquette said. "We look at it every day and night and sometimes long into the night. If you have depth, you can keep things going and hopefully we keep things going."

Duquette said the Orioles have other players at Triple-A who can help later this year, including outfielder Dariel Alvarez and first baseman Christian Walker. But they won't be able to replace Young's postseason experience. He has played in the playoffs for six consecutive years and delivered the Orioles' biggest blow of last postseason with a three-run double in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

"We wrestled with that. Delmon got a big hit for us in the playoffs last year," Duquette said. "Who knows? Maybe we'll get him back."

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