What...what just happened?
Is anyone else feeling dizzy? Discombobulated? Disoriented?
We’ve just witnessed one of the craziest trade-deadline days — no, one of the craziest DAYS, period — in Orioles history. The O’s dove full-on into their rebuild by trading away Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day to the Braves and Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers before today’s 4 p.m. non-waiver deadline, getting back seven players and international signing bonus slot money.
I’m still floored. I know these guys had been discussed in trade rumors recently, and the O’s had already traded Manny Machado, Zach Britton, and Brad Brach, but I wasn’t convinced the front office would actually deal players who weren’t pending free agents. I confidently predicted this morning: “My money is on the Orioles making no further trades today.” Good thing “my money” was just an expression, or I’d be in the poor house right now.
The trades went down after the Orioles were already gathered in the visiting clubhouse at Yankee Stadium. Beat reporters noted that teammates were lining up to hug Schoop after his trade was announced, and that Gausman had to fight back tears as he talked about leaving the Orioles. I get why the trades were necessary, but that doesn’t make it any less of a sad day.
Meanwhile, the Orioles still have to play a baseball game tonight, even if their heads are still spinning. Schoop was in the Orioles’ original lineup before his trade became official. Now he’s been replaced by Jace Peterson in what has become an extremely threadbare O’s batting order. Just look at this thing. This is the kind of lineup we have to look forward to for a while.
- Tim Beckham SS
- Jace Peterson 2B
- Adam Jones CF
- Mark Trumbo DH
- Chris Davis 1B
- Trey Mancini LF
- Joey Rickard RF
- Renato Nunez 3B
- Austin Wynns C
Yefry Ramirez P
In other news, two prospects from the Orioles’ previous sell-off trades are joining the big league club today: infielder Breyvic Valera (from the Machado deal) and righty reliever Cody Carroll (from the Britton trade). The future is now.