It’s non-waiver trade deadline day in Major League Baseball. By 4 this afternoon, we can finally separate truth from rumor — in the baseball world, anyway. We’ll know if Zach Britton and Brad Brach, among others, are sticking around Charm City a little longer. All eyes around here, of course, are on Dan Duquette, the Orioles’ executive vice president of baseball operations. Any trades he makes will be dissected and scrutinized by fans and media alike.
Recently, I looked at some of Duquette’s notable “sell” deals at his previous GM gigs in Montreal and Boston. Now, let’s turn the focus squarely to his Orioles’ career — specifically, his history of deals near the July 31 and Aug. 31 trade deadlines, from acquiring Jim Thome in June 2012 to Jeremy Hellickson on Friday night.
I’ve graded every “buyer” trade Duquette has made in June, July and August since joining the Orioles. Which of Duquette’s trades provided the Orioles a shot in the arm? And which ones shot them in the foot?