MacPhail said during his conference call today that the Orioles never got "terribly close" to making a deal before the 4 p.m. waiver deadline.
"We didn't have one of those situations where we had several conversations marching toward a conclusion.''
He did leave open the possibility of moving some of the club's veteran players through waivers for a possible trade in August.
"I hold out hope to the extent that it would be something that makes sense for us."
Brian Roberts was never seriously in play.
"It (a Roberts deal) was not something that intrigued us unless we got something we really wanted. With Brian Roberts, that was a very high bar to clear."
Why nothing came together:
"We just didn't find an intersection of self-interest between ourselves and another club...You have to discipline yourself so you don't come out with something just to say you made a trade. You have to make sure you come out better than you were before."