BALTIMORE –- Just under three weeks remain before the non-waiver trade deadline on July 31. The Orioles are expected to be active.
“Yeah, you could go after this guy, but at what price?” manager Buck Showalter asked. “We all know who people go after. ‘We’d like to have that guy, but for him? No.’”
For the last two years, the Orioles made deadline deals. In 2013, they picked up Bud Norris and last year, it was Andrew Miller.
The Orioles have eight possible free agents including Norris, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Darren O’Day, Steve Pearce and Matt Wieters.
“We haven’t gone down that road, yet. Now’s not the time,” Showalter said. “I don’t have any precursor about what’s going to happen, what’s not going to happen.”
Showalter doesn’t look up on this season with a special sense of urgency as a result.
“You get that mentality, you’re asking for a recipe for…We’d love to have all of them. We like them, and they’re here now. They’re here now and they might be here next year.”
Showalter is asked his opinion about potential trades and he freely offers it.
“I dwell on the people we have here and try fixing it from within,” Showalter said. “It’s our challenge, and we can do it.”
Showalter has often said that he focuses on the team that he has on hand and that if executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette has a potential deal, then he’ll look at it.
“If Dan comes up with something that fits and works, we’ll make that adjustment,” Showalter said.