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Paul Folkemer

Grading each of Duquette’s 14 summer trades as EVP of the Orioles — dating back to June 2012

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Aug. 30, 2014: RHPs Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas to White Sox for OF Alejandro De Aza

Grade: B

Although not on Miller’s level, De Aza too provided a jolt for the 2014 Orioles down the stretch. He took over the starting left field job for the final month and was a spark plug atop the lineup, batting .293 with an .877 OPS in 20 regular season games, followed by a .333/.867 performance in the postseason.

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The two young pitchers the Orioles dealt for him don’t look like big league material. Chalas has been roughed up for a 10.13 ERA in seven games at Double-A Birmingham this season, while Blackmar is now in the Washington Nationals’ organization, where he has a 6.89 ERA in eight games for Double-A Harrisburg.

This trade would earn an A if not for the fact that De Aza fell apart for the Orioles in 2015, when he sputtered to a .214 average and .636 OPS and was dealt away in June.

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