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 acknowledged that teams were interested in trading for Baltimore relievers Zach Britton and Brad Brach but said that the Orioles instead are "going to take a shot at getting the most out of this season." "Nobody is running away with the American League East," Duquette said before Baltimore's 2-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals. "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." The Orioles beat the deadline Monday by acquiring 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.
Dan Duquette: Fourth-place Orioles 'still have some hope' for playoffs
ESPN | Aug 1