Grading each of Duquette's 14 summer trades as EVP of the Orioles - dating back to June 2012 - Page 2 of 15 -
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Grading each of Duquette’s 14 summer trades as EVP of the Orioles — dating back to June 2012

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June 30, 2012: C Gabriel Lino and RHP Kyle Simon to Philadelphia Phillies for DH Jim Thome

Grade: B

Thome, who will likely be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2018 when he’s first eligible, finished his storied career with the Orioles. While his offensive production in Baltimore wasn’t anything special — a .257 average, .744 OPS, three homers and 10 RBIs in 28 games — he provided veteran leadership for a surprising Orioles squad that snapped a 14-year postseason drought.

Neither Lino nor Simon, who were both in Single-A at the time of the trade, panned out for the Phillies. Lino is now in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and was promoted to Triple-A last week, while Simon is pitching in independent ball.

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