For the better part of this month the Orioles have stayed under the national radar in their pursuit of roster improvement for the second half. They made pre-emptive strikes adding starting pitcher Scott Feldman and reliever Francisco Rodriguez while many teams were still deciding whether to buy or sell. Now though the nonwaiver trade deadline is on the horizon — 4 p.m. Wednesday — and the Orioles have returned to their familiar spot: directly in the middle of swirling rumors. For only the third time in 15 years however the Orioles are more interested in adding than shedding. Most rumors are attached to whispers and smokescreens with very few coming to fruition. Some involving the Orioles are particularly off-base: Despite yearning for an ace the Orioles aren't pursuing the Philadelphia Philles' Cliff Lee or the Chicago White Sox's Jake Peavy — the cost in salary and players is exorbitant especially considering Peavy's injury history. Regardless Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette is still looking to improve his team's weaknesses. Although he's not talking specifics those areas of need — in order of preference — appear to be a veteran hitter preferably right handed who can get on base and serve as designated hitter; another versatile reliever; and potentially a starting pitcher. To that end Duquette says he believes he has both the money and quality prospects necessary to get a deal done — if the right one comes along. "We do have the wherewithal to make additional trades. Our farm system is maturing and we are getting a little more depth to it and teams like a lot of our prospects" Duquette said. "Our objective is to get back to the playoffs and I believe we have the resources to help us get back to the playoffs. And ownership is very supportive of achieving that goal." There are "two sides of the ledger" Duquette said when it comes to a potential Orioles deal: the amount of money the coveted player has remaining on his contract and the quality of prospects the club must deal to acquire that player.
Dan Duquette feels the Orioles have the means for a trade, if the price is right
Baltimore Sun | Jul 30