So what trade pieces do the Orioles have?
We continue our five-part look at the biggest questions facing new executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette and the Orioles heading into the winter meetings.
So whom do they have to trade?
There aren't many movable chips. The Orioles are expected to hold on to center fielder Adam Jones, shortstop J.J. Hardy and catcher Matt Wieters. Right fielder Nick Markakis has a hefty contract and, given the drop-off in his offensive numbers, the Orioles likely couldn't get enough in return to justify trading one of the club's most popular players.
Infielder Mark Reynolds could be moved, but the going rate for him last year was two relievers. So he likely wouldn't be the centerpiece of a deal for a quality starter.
That leaves right-hander Jeremy Guthrie, a free agent at the end of the 2012 season, as the best trade chip. But he is also the only dependable starter in an uncertain rotation.
“My take is that we need to add to the pitching staff,” Duquette said. “Guthrie has been dependable in terms of innings, and we need some more of those, pitchers that are dependable in terms of innings and that can contribute.”