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Orioles turn into buyers at MLB's trade deadline, add infielder Tim Beckham

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Orioles turn into buyers at MLB's trade deadline, add infielder Tim Beckham

BALTIMORE -- Sitting in fourth place in the AL East with a losing record, the Baltimore Orioles refused to abandon their chances of making a playoff run.

The Orioles handled the non-waiver trade deadline as buyers, adding two pitchers and infielder Tim Beckham in hopes of salvaging a season that has thus far been a struggle.

Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette beat the deadline Monday by obtaining Beckham, who bolsters an injury-riddled infield that's currently without shortstop J.J. Hardy and utility player Ryan Flaherty.

Duquette got Beckham, the first player chosen in the 2008 amateur draft, from Tampa Bay for minor league pitcher Tobias Myers.

Beckham hit .259 with 12 homers and 36 RBIs for Tampa Bay this season. The 27-year-old isn't just a quick fix; he's under contract until 2021.

The Orioles on Monday also obtained minor league pitcher Yefry Ramirez from the Yankees for international signing bonus pool money. And, over the weekend, Duquette obtained starting pitcher Jeremy Hellickson.

Duquette confirmed that other teams were interested in trading for relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach, but he was more interested in adding than subtracting -- even though the Orioles entered Monday with a 50-54 record, 6 games behind New York in the division and 5 games out of the second wild-card slot.

"We're going to take a shot at getting the most out of this season," Duquette said. "Nobody is running away with the American League East. The teams are so evenly matched. If you make a move here or there and it jells, who knows? We still have some hope that we can make the playoffs.

"We like our guys and we like our team. You do one or two things right and get on a roll ... there's still hope. The wild card keeps hope alive for a lot of teams. Frankly, I'm glad that we're adding. I would much rather be adding this time of year than subtracting."

Hellickson will make his first start with the Orioles on Wednesday. Obtained from Philadelphia on Friday night, the right-hander pitched on a Tampa Bay team that made a storied run to a playoff spot in 2011.

"There's still two months of baseball to play and I've been part of teams that came back from nine back in a month," he said Monday afternoon. "It's definitely doable. It's going to be fun to do things people say you can't do."

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Peter Angelos' failing health prompts MLB to demand ownership answers from Orioles

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Peter Angelos' failing health prompts MLB to demand ownership answers from Orioles

Major League Baseball has reached out to the Baltimore Orioles ownership requesting a formal answer on who the current leadership consists of by June, according to multiple sources and first reported by The Baltimore Sun.

Though long-time owner Peter Angelos' two sons Louis and John have become more involved in team activities while their father continues to deal with health issues, Major League Baseball and all club owners must pass a formal approval of whoever the Orioles deem to be the new person in control.

The next club owners meeting takes place in June, which is when the league would like an answer, according to multiple unnamed sources. This gives Baltimore around three months to come up with a response to the MLB. 

Angelos has owned the team for over a quarter of a century since purchasing the team in 1993 for $173 million. However, his sons have taken larger roles in years past as Angelos has had to step away from the team to deal with his health issues. 

Still owning majority control, Major League Baseball's request doesn't necessarily mean that the Angelos' time as the family owning the team will come to an end, as one of his sons is more than likely to be appointed. The request does potentially signify the end to Peter Angelo's time at the helm.

As the Orioles continue to work on a rebuild coming off a 47-win season, new faces have already introduced to the franchise. Besides a boat-load of new prospects due to trades, Baltimore also hired former Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde to be their new manager.

Now, it looks like ownership could be the next part of the team to see a change.

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Manny Machado to the Padres is not a problem for one young Yankees fan

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Manny Machado to the Padres is not a problem for one young Yankees fan

On Tuesday, reports broke that prized free agent Manny Machado would be signing a record-breaking contract with the San Diego Padres. With the last few months playing out like a never-ending soap opera between Machado and his potential suitors, it's no surprise the news created a lot of buzz and numerous reactions from all types of baseball fans.

One of the best came from a young New York Yankees fan, who learned of Machado's decision while in Florida to watch his team during Spring Training. SNY was on the scene to catch his live reaction, and from it we received a beautiful viral video.

Dissecting this video, there are two important aspects: the passion and the actual take.

Passion-wise, this kid gets a 10/10. Has he most likely used 27 rings to try and win an argument before? Probably. But, he delivered his monologue with a fire that will most likely earn him a spot on a sports talk show in the years to come. In the heat of the moment, you have to respect his ability to construct an argument in defense of his team.

As for the take, it has its flaws. It's a struggle to really defend the idea that you wouldn't want a once-in-a-generation type player just because he played on a team in your division, especially when that team floated around 50 wins last season.

I can sort of understand not wanting Mookie Betts considering he plays for their biggest rival, but even that sounds crazy when you really think about it. With the likes of Johnny Damon and Babe Ruth coming from Boston to New York, it's hard to fully support this argument.

The kid also concluded by saying it's like Tom Brady going to the Dolphins. At this point, I think Miami would be more than happy to take Brady off the Patriots' hands.

Yet whether you agree or disagree with what was said, we can all appreciate the passion this young man shows. Now we'd like to see his thoughts on Bryce Harper. 

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