No trade buzz
Okay, so it's not as big a deal as the July 31 waiver deadline, but there's another trade deadline coming up this weekend and we're not hearing anything in the way of buzz around the Orioles.
Last time I looked, Aubrey Huff was having a terrific year and would seem to be the kind of player who would draw some interest at this point in the season. His run-production numbers have risen to the point where his $8 million salary for next year no longer seems like the albatross it once was.
Huff (right) reportedly cleared waivers, but all remains quiet on the front office front. Maybe other clubs are still skeptical about him after several years of declining numbers. Maybe it's just that nobody sees him as the perfect fit as the last days run out to be eligible for the postseason with another team. Maybe the Orioles changed their main switchboard number to 1-800-WELOVETHERAVENSNOW and forgot to tell anybody.
I'm guessing Huff isn't complaining. This couldn't be a worse time for trade speculation in his life, since his wife is very close to delivering the couple's first child.