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Nonsensical stuff about Jeremy Guthrie

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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 06: Jeremy Guthrie #46 of the Baltimore Orioles throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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Jeff Zrbiec of the Baltimore Sun has written recently that he didn’t think that the Oriole would trade starter Jeremy Guthrie, because they need to have an innings eater around to protect their young arms. Fair enough.

Today, however, he rethinks it a bit. He doesn’t change his general view of things, but does note the limited circumstances under which the O’s might trade Guthrie:

... the Orioles aren’t in a position to give away a pitcher who is on track to log more than 200 innings for a third straight year. They likely are going to have to get at least one Major League-ready starter as part of the package back for him.

Question: if you already had an expendable “Major League-reader starter” available, why in the hell would you be trading for Jeremy Guthrie?