What they're saying about the Orioles' trades, or lack thereof
By By Ron Fritz
The Baltimore Sun|
Aug 02, 2016 | 8:50 AM
In looking around for this "What They're Saying" feature about the Baltimore Orioles' trades before Monday's 4 p.m. deadline, most of the discussions trend negatively. In fact, it's hard to find anyone saying anything nice about the Orioles' deals.
For example, SB Nation's Grant Brisbee says the team's moves could have happened just as easily in the offseason and not cost anything:
They could have just signed Steve Pearce in the offseason instead of banishing him to the Rays. That would have helped. They also could have just traded for Wade Miley this offseason instead of waiting to see if he was actively bad and then trading for him.
The bad news is that Miley is an improvement over current options. The good news is that they don't ... well ... okay, there isn't a ton of spin to put on this one. Miley had troubles pitching in Safeco, which doesn't bode well for his time in Baltimore.
It is an improvement! Would have liked to see, oh, I don't know, a better improvement? But that's picking nits. As is, it was a quiet deadline for a team that's been hearing fluttering blue wings and socked feet behind them for a month now.
The Orioles are in the thick of a three-team race in the American League East and desperately needed to improve their starting pitching. But their biggest deadline move was acquiring Wade Miley, a 29-year-old left-hander with a 4.98 ERA this season who is moving to his fourth team in three years. We know this year's pitching market was thin, but the Orioles certainly didn't cash in.
In all seriousness, if you're the first-place Baltimore Orioles and you have any hopes of holding onto that "first place" distinction for the remainder of the season, you have to do better than Wade Miley as your big deadline addition.
And he ended with:
The Orioles have one of the best offenses in baseball, and it just got better with the addition of Steve Pearce, but can they really hope to slug their way to an AL East title?
If they do manage to advance to October, some combination of Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Yovani Gallardo, Ubaldo Jimenez, Vance Worley, Mike Wright, Dylan Bundy and now Miley will make up the least-threatening postseason rotation in recent memory.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe didn't think any of the AL East moves were overwhelming and he noted that it would have been tough for the Orioles' Dan Duquette to do much more because of the lack of depth in the minors:
But the Orioles also are short on tradable chips, and with these two moves, they got away with giving up very little of importance.