Well, guys, we might as well write off this season. Some dope who writes for the New York Post has proclaimed that the Orioles are "not showing the stomach" for a big move because they're unwilling to deal their top tier young pitchers. (WARNING: Link contains an image of Derek Jeter's face in a sidebar, as well as "This Day In Derek Jeter History" and something called The Jeter Countdown)
The Post's Joel Sherman describes multiple executives who've dealt with the Orioles as saying the Orioles are not willing to move any of the following players: Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, and Hunter Harvey. Maybe those executives are just offering weak deals. Who is out there on the market who's worth parting with any one of those three guys? Other than David Price, probably not anybody, so no wonder the Orioles don't want to deal them.
Does this mean that anybody else is fair game? Dan Duquette has shown he will deal anyone who's not at the top of the prospect deck so far, dumping people from the fringes and deep in the minors in what he feels is the right move. Even for trades we don't like at the time, such as last year's move of Nick Delmonico for reliever Francisco Rodriguez, the Orioles haven't been burned yet. Delmonico was suspended for 50 games earlier this week.
Tongue-in-cheek joking aside, if you were panicking about whether the O's would make a stupid trade, this news is welcome, even if Mr. New York Post says otherwise. If Gausman, Bundy, and Harvey are off the table, the possibilities for a regrettable trade are much less. Sherman and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal both add that the O's don't appear to be interested in Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki, with one reason being concerns over how he would mesh with the pitchers.
The non-waiver trade deadline is Thursday at 4pm Eastern. As of this posting, there are about 48 hours left to make deals. Nothing looks imminent right now, but that's a lot of time left to swing something. Right around now a year ago, it didn't look like the O's were going to make a move, and then suddenly there was Bud Norris.