Orioles: Waiver news
Jeff Zrebiec has been beating the bushes and he ascertained today that Aubrey Huff, Melvin Mora and Danys Baez have cleared waivers, which makes them available for trade in August if anybody is interested. Check out his notebook here, because there are a few other interesting news items to go along with the waiver stuff.
Don't really know if getting those players through waivers will change anything. If the Orioles could have moved them before the July 31 waiver deadline to any benefit for the club, you'd have to think Andy MacPhail would have done that. But there's always the possibility that a contending team will have an emergency need and come calling with a prospect or two.
Huff is coming out of a lengthy slump, which may make him more attractive in August than he was in July, but I think you can still make a case for holding onto him and offering him salary arbitration after he files for free agency. If he accepts, the O's have him on a one-year deal while they wait on their young corner infielders. If he doesn't, they get draft choice compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent.
Injury update: Turns out Chris Tillman is suffering from a mild groin strain, which seems to explain his decreased velocity in Saturday's start. Knew it had to be something like that, though he appeared to be stretching his back between innings.