Twice this month, the Orioles have demoted a starting pitcher from the rotation, only to have him rejoin it shortly thereafter out of circumstance and necessity. There are only so many alternatives inside the organization, and when the Orioles begin to assess the market to add starters through trades over the next few weeks, they might be left wanting as well.
It certainly is no secret in Baltimore and beyond that the Orioles starting rotation is in crisis, which just makes it that much more frustrating for fans to watch from afar as 2015 National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta continues along his merry way.
When the Orioles traded Jake Arrieta to the Chicago Cubs on July of 2013, he was toiling in Triple-A , still struggling to fulfill tremendous expectations placed on both him by both the club and himself since he had been anointed one of the promising young home-grown arms destined to bring the Orioles back to respectability.
Jake Arrieta has a legitimate chance to win the NL Cy Young Award tonight, there's a couple of Buck Showlater connection in the manager of the year awards, David Ortiz is retiring and Manny Machado missed on the Platinum Gold Glove.
Steve Clevenger, who was the designated hitter for the second consecutive game, hadn¿t homered since he was with the Chicago Cubs in 2012. That was shortly before he was sent to the Orioles, along with Scott Feldman, in the deal the shipped Jake Arrieta to Chicago.
This Orioles team is immersed in a month-long struggle to score runs. And a day after beating the Astros in Monday's series opener thanks to a pair of two-run homers, the Orioles bats continued to struggle in a 4-1 loss to Houston in front of an announced 21,541 at Camden Yards.
The Orioles will play against two familiar faces in their three-game series against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field this weekend. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta is scheduled to start Friday's series opener, and left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada is set to start Sunday.
With the Orioles currently atop the American League East, it might be tempting for the team to orchestrate a deal as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. But manager Buck Showalter said the club must tread carefully through the trade waters.
Dan Connolly has been talking to several baseball people outside of the Orioles organization for the past week or so about the club's trade possibilities as the July 31 nonwaiver deadline approaches. And everyone basically says the same thing: Dan Duquette will do something.
As Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette sat in his office at the Ed Smith Stadium complex on a sunny afternoon earlier this month, overlooking a well-manicured cloverleaf of fields, a bitter winter seemed like an eternity ago in more ways than one.
Steve Clevenger, a Mount St. Joseph's graduate, grew up an Orioles fan, living just a stone's throw from Oriole Park at Camden Yards, in Pigtown. The trade that brought him to his hometown organization last summer gave him an opportunity few players have.
Second baseman Jemile Weeks, who came to the Orioles from Oakland in December's Jim Johnson trade, and catcher Johnny Monell, acquired in a deal with the San Francisco Giants, will likely both have to show their flexibility.
Back in October, we asked how many of the Orioles' nine free agents were likely to return in 2014. With less than five weeks until spring training, it could end up that none of them return to Baltimore.