By the time you read this, maybe the Orioles have completed a deal for Joe Blanton. Or Chase Headley. Or Rafael Betancourt.
But what if they dont get any of them? Or anyone else, for that matter? As an Orioles fan, how does that make you feel?
As up and down as the Orioles have been since they cooled off from their hot start, they clearly need another piece or maybe two to stay in contention for one of the American League wild cards. The clubs biggest move so far, picking up designated hitter Jim Thome, has become a question mark with Thome experiencing neck problems.
Now, if the Orioles cant pick up another starting pitcher, do they just hope the Norfolk-to-Baltimore rotation shuttle will stop? Is everybody happy with Wilson Betemit as the third baseman for the postseason drive? With often hamhanded Mark Reynolds at first?
When Ravens owner and big Orioles fan Steve Bisciotti called in to 105.7 The Fan last week, he referred to Os manager Buck Showalter as being something of a magician this year. If the Orioles fail to improve the team before Tuesday afternoons non-waiver trading deadline and he somehow guides them to a playoff berth, maybe Showalter would deserve Magician of the Year more than Manager of the Year.