An article that I wrote for Tuesday's newspaper is about reliever Andrew Miller, who has been absolutely filthy in the playoffs after pitching exceptionally well since the Orioles acquired him for left-handed pitching prospect Eduardo Rodriguez at the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline.
In one sense, it will be difficult to analyze the effectiveness of the trade until we see what Rodriguez does in the major leagues. Plus, it's possible that Miller is simply a rental player, will leave as a free agent this winter, and the Orioles will only get two months and a postseason from the big left-hander.
Of course, if Miller continues his great run and helps the Orioles win this year's World Series, you can certainly make the argument that it was worth it, no matter who you had to give up.
The thing about Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is that he's not afraid to make a deal, no matter who he has to give up if he thinks it will help the current team achieve its goal.
For instance, I believe Josh Hader is going to be a legitimate major league starter one day, but the local product (along with outfielder L.J. Hoes) is what it took to get Bud Norris from the Houston Astros in 2013. And Norris helped pitch the Orioles into the American League Championship Series on Sunday with 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Detroit.
Really, Sunday was filled with big performances by guys who Duquette picked up. Nelson Cruz, a free agent this winter, provided the only runs for the Orioles in their 2-1 victory.
Cruz has to be considered Duquette's best pickup as an Orioles executive because it was a one-year, free-agent move for $8 million and the guy was named the Most Valuable Oriole this year. But Duquette is known for his under-the-radar moves, and there was some buzz around Cruz.
I want to know what you think is the best acquisition of Duquette's tenure so far. Cruz seems like a slam dunk, but what about Miller or Norris or Miguel Gonzalez or Nate McLouth or Wei-Yin Chen or Alejandro De Aza or Delmon Young? Or then there's Steve Pearce, the first, second or third times.
If you want, make it your favorite move by Duquette because of how undervalued it was at the time. Lots of choices.
Daily Think Special: Who do you think is Duquette's best acquisition as an Orioles executive so far?