Maybe the Orioles are sellers and will auction off some of their best players in the next few days.
Maybe they are tempered sellers, trading a few pending free agents and spare parts for salary relief and a role-of-the-dice player or two.
Maybe they are buyers – something in my opinion they shouldn’t be unless they are purchasing two, top-of-the-rotation starters (for which they’d have to surrender the deed to Camden Yards).
Whatever they ultimately are, we’ll know within the next few days – the nonwaiver trade deadline is Monday at 4 p.m.
What we know for sure is what the Orioles have to sell from the major league roster – and we can make an educated guess as to whether there would be interest, and, in some cases, which teams might surrender enough to pry some stars away from Baltimore.
Here’s a look at 10 Orioles – in alphabetical order – that either are coveted by others or may have enough value that teams would at least be intrigued enough to take on extra salary.
I’m not including young, cheap and controllable Orioles (Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman, Mychal Givens and Trey Mancini), or older struggling ones (Ubaldo Jimenez, Wade Miley and the injured J.J. Hardy) or ones with prohibitive contracts (Chris Davis, who has an unmovable, monster deal, or Adam Jones, who has full no-trade rights). And I’m leaving off the back-end roster guys who could be on the Triple-A Norfolk shuttle. I’m only including players I think have at least an outside shot of being dealt this season.
It’s not a particularly optimistic read – it goes along with my sentiment that the only true chips the Orioles have are their best two relievers and their star infield duo – but here goes: