Orioles: More headlines ahead?
The Orioles certainly filled the front page of the sports section with the hiring of Buck Showalter and the deal that sent Miguel Tejada to the San Diego Padres for young pitcher Wynn Pelzer. Now, I'm wondering if Andy MacPhail will do anything for an encore.
The deadline for making trades without passing the players involved through waivers is Saturday, so there's still plenty of time to dispatch Ty Wigginton to some contender or even Jeremy Guthrie.
I really doubt the Orioles do anything with Guthrie, who has pitched way better than his record. If you look past the combined won-loss for the past two years, I think the guy remains more valuable to the O's than he would be to anybody else. And, if there's any hope of trading for a big bat in the offseason, the club will need all the pitching depth it can muster.
The thing that remains unclear at the moment is whether MacPhail cares at all about preserving some competitiveness for Showalter. If so, he might want to hang on to Wigginton, who has provided a big chunk of this team's offensive punch this year.
I'm pretty sure the Orioles wanted to be in a position to deal Kevin Millwood at this point, but the lackluster offensive support early in the season combined with his midseason collapse and stay on the disabled list took away any hope of flipping him for some decent prospects. It's been that kind of year.
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