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The Orioles have two days left to make any trades they’re going to make before the deadline closes on 2019.

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Mike Elias is working the phones, no doubt. But I couldn’t find a picture of him on the phone.
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Good morning, Camden Chatters.

It’s the day before the trade deadline, and as the Orioles wrap up their nine-game West Coast trek this afternoon, trade rumors continue to swirl around the team.

Mike Elias is expected to have at least one more trade up his sleeve after dealing away Andrew Cashner in mid-July. But who’s going to be sent packing by tomorrow? Mychal Givens? Jonathan Villar? Trey Mancini? Maybe somebody we’re not expecting? And will the Orioles target raw international talent, as they did by acquiring a pair of Venezuelan teenagers in the Cashner deal, or will they look for prospects who are at a more advanced level?

The deadline has been lukewarm around MLB thus far, with the Mets’ acquisition of Marcus Stroman the most high-profile deal, but sometimes it takes only one domino to fall before the floodgates open. Whew, is that a mixed metaphor. My point is, we could see a fair amount of trade action today and tomorrow, perhaps involving the Orioles, perhaps not.

What say you, friends?

Poll

Which Oriole is most likely to get traded in the next two days?

This poll is closed

  • 5%
    Dylan Bundy
    (37 votes)
  • 55%
    Mychal Givens
    (377 votes)
  • 6%
    Trey Mancini
    (44 votes)
  • 28%
    Jonathan Villar
    (198 votes)
  • 4%
    mystery Oriole
    (28 votes)
684 votes total Vote Now

Links

Latest on Orioles as trade deadline nears - School of Roch
Roch Kubatko discusses the latest trade rumors involving Mychal Givens, Trey Mancini, and even Renato Nunez. The gist is that the Orioles are willing to listen to trade offers for absolutely anyone, as they well should.

Hyde on trade deadline talk and pitching plans (game update) - Steve Melewski
Brandon Hyde speaks like a guy who knows full well that a chunk of his roster might be gone within the next two days and is unfazed by that fact. He knew the gig when he signed up for it, after all.

A deep dive into Orioles’ top pick Adley Rutschman’s first pro game in Maryland – The Athletic
Dan Connolly takes us behind the scenes of Adley Rutschman’s Aberdeen debut on Saturday. His mom is just adorable. “For me, he is just a boy. He’s a good boy.”

Stats All, Folks: Is it time to retire the batting average statistic? - BaltimoreBaseball.com
Hey, are you still using batting average as a go-to offensive stat? Well, you probably shouldn't. Allow this brilliant sportswriter to explain why.

Orioles birthdays and history

Is today your birthday? Happy birthday! Your O’s birthday buddies include Orioles Hall of Famer (and Herc from The Wire’s favorite player) Gus Triandos (b. 1930, d. 2013). Triandos had three straight All-Star seasons for the Birds from 1957-59 but was not a fan of trying to catch Hoyt Wilhelm’s knuckleball. It’s also the birthday of outfielder and Morgan State alum Pat Kelly (b. 1944, d. 2005) and right-hander Joe Coleman (b. 1922, d. 1997), a member of the inaugural 1954 Orioles.

Speaking of those 1954 Orioles, it was on this date that year that third baseman Bob Kennedy hit the first grand slam in O’s history, leading a 10-0 blowout of the Yankees.

This has also been a busy day for trades in Orioles history, being trade deadline eve and all. Last year, the O’s jettisoned Brad Brach to the Braves in a salary dump. In 2011, they traded both Derrek Lee (to the Pirates) and Koji Uehara (to the Rangers), with the latter deal netting them Chris Davis. In 2009, they sent George Sherrill to the Dodgers; in 2005, they swapped Larry Bigbie for the RockiesEric Byrnes; and going back to 1990, they traded Phil Bradley for Mark Brown’s antagonist, Ron Kittle, in an ill-conceived deal with the White Sox.