Many of the Orioles' prizes from their July teardown trades were dealt by their prior clubs with this week in mind — when they'd have to be added to the 40-man roster to be protected from the Rule 5 draft. But only one remained to be added by Tuesday's deadline — right-hander Dillon Tate.
Orioles manager Buck Showalter led the Orioles to success as part of a wave taking over the game that emphasize bullpen usage and defense. That the rest of the league caught up and passed them on that front doesn't take away from the success it brought.
A few weeks to see if their young players can hack it before the team has to begin making plans for 2019 and beyond could make a big difference by the time they and the Orioles are ready for the big time again.
Infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, 20, acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 31 for Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, has hits in six of his first seven games entering Saturday since he joined the Shorebirds.
In the second half of July, the Orioles jettisoned All-Star shortstop Manny Machado, closer Zach Britton, reliever Brad Brach, starter Kevin Gausman, eighth inning set-up man Darren O'Day and second baseman Jonathan Schoop. A look at what sports writers coast to coast had to say on the matter.
It had been obvious for quite some time that the Orioles were going to bail on this season and trade away the veteran nucleus of the team, but it wasn’t until Tuesday that the full magnitude of the long-anticipated rebuild hit home.
The Orioles enter the All-Star break preparing to navigate one of the club’s most pivotal stretches in determining its future in the weeks leading up to the nonwaiver trade deadline, moves that will serve as the building blocks of the team’s rebuild.