The trade deadline is approaching, and the Orioles have done little to clarify the direction executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias might take.
me also Dropping a series on the vaunted New York Yankees, these Orioles showed how competitive they could be if they were put together and potentially included. But they remain in last place in the American League East, and in a crowded wild-card race, their path to the postseason is pretty clear. Elias and company may decide that the best direction for the organization is to continue to stockpile some current players with talent for future and more likely playoff runs.
Since becoming Baltimore’s general manager in November 2018, Elias has made 17 deals in which the Orioles traded one or more players and received at least one more in return. Only one of the Baltimore arrivals had previously played in the majors. A deadline acquisition would be a change for Elias, who for the first time would need to chip away at the prospect pool he’s built to make the big league team.
With the August 2nd deadline a little over a week away, it seems like a good time to take a look at Elias’ player-by-player trades.
Here, they are classified in four ways. The early hits are what’s trending well for the Orioles, which is likely to add more to an already big-league roster. The wait-and-see category represents those where the end result isn’t quite clear yet, with many of Elias’ trades adding prospects incredibly far from the majors. Some of those deals have been a wash, the Orioles never had much return before leaving the organization while the player they traded didn’t necessarily burn them. The final grouping is the regrettable trades, and there is only one that clearly classifies as such: the first of these trades made by Elias.
1. Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy for Los Angeles Angels for right-handers Kyle Bradish, Isaac Mattson, Kyle Burnovich and Zach Peck, December 2019: The Orioles turned Bundy’s final two seasons under team control into four pitchers who are now at the top of their system. Bondi was finally living up to his potential in the shortened 2020 season before struggling in 2021. Bradish joined the Orioles’ rotation early this season and showed potential before a rough start to the injury list. Mattson made a brief appearance in the majors last year but has since been removed from the 40-man roster. Both Brnovich and Peck have pitched effectively in the upper minors but are facing extended absences with arm injuries.
2. Reliever Mitchell dealt to the Colorado Rockies for infielder Tyler Nevin, infielder Taryn Vavra and outfielder Michelle Deason, August 2020: There’s an argument to be made for this trade at the top spot, but given that the Orioles’ farm system has far more top talent on the position player side than the pitching side, it’s a solid second. Givens was an effective late reliever for the Orioles but never proved to be a complete shutout. Elias turned his season and a half into three chances. Nevin has spent most of this year in Baltimore, while Vavra pushed for a call-up with a strong season at Triple-A Norfolk. Deson is at Low-A Delmarva in 2021 after a strong showing in the Florida Complex League.
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3. Shortstop Jose Iglesias to Angels for right-handers Garrett Stallings and Jean Pinto, Dec. 2020: The Orioles picked up the option on Iglesias’ contract after his first season in Baltimore was hampered by injury. That allowed them to flip it for a pair of pitching prospects. Stallings is in Double-A, where he has followed up a terrible June by pitching well after moving into a largely relief role. Pinto has become one of Baltimore’s top 30 prospects and has a 2.25 ERA since the start of June with Low-A Aberdeen.
4. Relievers Tanner Scott and Cole Silser to the Miami Marlins for left-hander Antonio Velez, outfielder Kevin Guerrero, right-hander Yaqui Rivera and a draft pick (outfielder Jude Fabian), April 2022: The trade isn’t even four months old and hasn’t produced any prospects above Double-A, but it’s paid off nicely for Baltimore so far. While the move initially looked like it could spell disaster for the Orioles’ 2022 relief corps, it instead created back-end opportunities for inexperienced relievers Jorge Lopez, Felix Bautista and Sevenal Perez, who All have progressed. Of course, Baltimore also added prospects and $1 million or more to their draft bonus pool, all of which went to a Toulsi outfielder in Fabian.
5. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner for the Boston Red Sox for outfielder Elio Prado and infielder Nolbert Romero, July 2019: I In Elias’ first deadline deal, he traded Cashner, a pending free agent, for Prado and Romero, who remain far from reaching the majors but are still in the system and in the middle of the order at Low-A Delmarva. Batting. Cashner was moved to Boston’s bullpen shortly after the trade and has not appeared in the majors since.
6. Right-hander Hector Velazquez to Houston Astros for right-hander Miguel Padilla, July 2020: The Orioles claimed that Velazquez was off spring training due to the coronavirus pandemic the day before he was waived by Boston. He never pitched for Baltimore before being traded to Houston – where he never pitched – for a player later named Padilla, who has a 3.44 ERA and a 3.44 ERA in the Florida Complex League and Delmarva. More than a strikeout in each inning between .
7. Reliever Miguel Castro to the New York Mets for left-hander Kevin Smith and infielder Victor Gonzalez, August 2020: Smith was added to Baltimore’s 40-man roster this offseason despite dealing with rampant control issues at Triple-A in 2021, then went unclaimed when he was removed from the roster in April. He has pitched mostly in relief for Norfolk this year while averaging 5.7 walks per nine innings. Gonzalez has struggled offensively in limited action with Baltimore’s tight end.
8. Left-hander Tommy Malone to the Atlanta Braves for infielders Greg Cullen and AJ Graffanino, August 2020: Signed to a minor league deal, Malone finished 2020 as the Orioles’ Opening Day starter. He held that title before being dealt for Cullen and Graffanino. Malone played just three times for Atlanta before suffering a season-ending injury. Baltimore released Graffanino last month, and Cullen has played all of the Orioles’ affiliates this year, mostly at Double-A Bowie, with a .724 OPS.
9. Shortstop Freddie Galvez to the Philadelphia Phillies for right-hander Tyler Burch, July 2021: Birch, who had 49 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings across two levels of the Phillies at the time of the trade, has struck out 35 batters in 39 innings in the Orioles’ system, with an 8.03 ERA this year for Bowie. Galvis plays in Japan.
10-12. reliever Richard Blair to the Marlins for infielder Isaac DeLeon, August 2020; Reliever Paul Frye to Arizona Diamondbacks for right-hander Luis Osorio, May 2022; Catcher Taylor Davis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Jose Bierova, June 2021: In those trades, the Orioles were getting back a lottery ticket for a player who wasn’t going to be a part of their future. Of the players returning to Baltimore, only DeLeon has reached a full season. Blair is the only one of the three players traded to have appeared in more than two games for the team he went to.
13. Infielder Jonathan Villar to the Marlins for left-hander Easton Lucas. December 2019: This trade feels like the last of the bunch so there’s little to fall back on from the context around it. With Villar approaching his final season of arbitration and projected to command a near-eight-figure salary after being Baltimore’s most productive player, the Orioles selected him in the 14th round of Miami’s summer draft. The selection moved to the tender deadline for Lucas. At the 2020 deadline, the Marlins then traded Villar’s nearly 25 games to the Toronto Blue Jays for Griffin Konin, a second-round pick in the 2018 draft who finished second in the minors in home runs in 2021. Lucas has 5.50. Era as a reliever for Bowie this year.
14-15. infielder Patrick Dorian, reliever Yefre Ramirez to the Pittsburgh Pirates for May 2019; Reliever Mike Wright to Seattle Mariners for infielder Ryan Ogren, April 2019: Both of these deals involved Elias trading right-handers early in his tenure for fielders no longer in the organization. Dorian was one of the success stories of the Orioles’ farm system in 2021 but struggled that year in Triple-A before Baltimore traded him to the Milwaukee Brewers for cash in June. Ogren retired in March.
16. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb for Angels for infielder Jahmai Jones, February 2020: Jones is the only player Elias has had previous big league experience with. To get him, the Orioles added about $10 million to the deal to pay Cobb’s salary in the final year of his contract. Cobb made 18 starts with a 3.76 ERA for the Angels before leaving in free agency, while Jones had just 72 middle plate appearances for the Orioles before undergoing Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery. is being released.
17. Outfielder Mike Ystrzymski to the San Francisco Giants for right-hander Tyler Herb, March 2019: Elias’ first player-for-player trade saw the Orioles deal a depth outfielder from their upper minors to bolster their pitching ranks. But that depth was somewhat exaggerated during the 2019 season, which saw the Orioles experiment in center field while Yastrzemski enjoyed a breakout season in San Francisco. Baltimore’s 2013 14th-round pick has been an above-average offensive producer in each of his four years with the Giants, finishing eighth in National League MVP voting in 2020. In the Orioles’ system.
What is coming?
The Orioles finished their latest divisional stretch with four home games against the Tampa Bay Rays, who were hosting the Rays this year. They are 4-2 at home against the Rays and 1-5 on the road.
Baltimore then visits the Cincinnati Reds in their final full series before the Aug. 2 trade deadline. A win in any of this week’s seven games would give the Orioles their second consecutive winning month and more wins than the club has in the entire 2018 season.
what was good
Featuring two outs on three pitches, including Lopez’s All-Star Game appearance, it was a strong week from right-handers behind Baltimore’s bullpen.
Lopez, Bautista and Dillon Tate combined to strike out 9 of 16 batters faced, allowing one hit and no walks.
The Orioles announced that their rotation will remain on rotation through the Rays series, meaning left-handed pitching prospect DL Hall will not be involved at this time. Hall worked just one inning in his first start of the second half, with the Orioles striking out all of their Triple-A pitchers out of the break. Hall, Baltimore’s No. 3 prospect, is coming off a canceled minor-league season in 2020 and an elbow injury that limited him to 31 2/3 innings in 2021, so the Orioles likely have him How many innings do you want him to throw? He is now up to 67 2/3 years.
But that limitation comes as Hall has been dominating Triple-A hitters, striking out 40 of his past 80 batters before striking out the five he faced Friday. . He has a 0.83 ERA in that span. Hall’s results show how well things are clicking for him at the moment, with every innings thrown for Norfolk feeling wasted.
On the form
The hiatus hasn’t dampened the prospect of Tear No. 23 Joey Ortiz continuing in July. With hits in all three games this week, the Bowie shortstop is now hitting .355 with a .920. OPS this month.
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