BALTIMORE –- Buck Showalter believes that the Orioles will make a move before Friday’s 4 p.m. non-waiver trade deadline. But, he’s not sure.
“That’s the bet. If you told me to take one side of it, I’d take the 51-49,” Showalter said.
Executive vice president of baseball operations who often talks with Showalter on the field during batting practice has been keeping a low profile the last few days.
“Dan’s brought some things around that’s go on,” Showalter said. “I’m sure there’s a lot going on. It’s pretty hot and heavy. There have some guys that have [been traded] that we’ve talked about. If I told you who they were asking for, you would have said: ‘of course, you wouldn’t do that.’”
One of them may well have been Brandon Moss, who was traded from Cleveland to St. Louis after Matt Holliday injured a quad muscle. The Indians received minor league pitcher Rob Kaminsky.
“The guy they gave up is better than the guy that we would give up. Simple as that,” Showalter said. “All these outfielders, everybody that’s moving we talked about. Some of them, we liked our guys better than.”
Showalter is eager to keep up with the trade news, but wants to concentrate on his job.
“When [Duquette] comes in and knocks on the door and says, ‘this is happening,’ we’ll deal with it,” Showalter said.
Duquette doesn’t feel pressure to match Toronto’s flashy moves of recent days.
“I hope not. He’s engaged and committed, trying to put our best foot forward for this year and the future. You have to have the ability to say yes and no,” Showalter said.
NOTE: Two Orioles minor leaguers, SS Jared Breen and RHP Nick Cunningham, have been suspended 80 games for use of performance-enhancing drugs. Both had been with Delmarva.