Orioles trade Shawn Armstrong to Rays, acquire left-hander Ryan Hartman on waivers - BaltimoreBaseball.com

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Orioles trade Shawn Armstrong to Rays, acquire left-hander Ryan Hartman on waivers

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In what could be the first of several trades on deadline day, the Orioles sent right-handed pitcher Shawn Armstrong to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations.

Less than two hours before the deadline, they acquired left-hander Ryan Hartman on waivers from Houston. He pitched in one game for the Astros this season, allowing one run on three hits in 2 1/3 innings to the Orioles on June 30th at Minute Maid Park.

Armstrong, who had an 8.55 ERA in 20 games with the Orioles before being outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, was 1-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 15 games with the Tides.

In three seasons with the Orioles, the 30-year-old Armstrong was 3-0 with a 5.34 ERA and four saves.

Armstrong is 4-2 with a 4.65 ERA in seven seasons with the Orioles, Cleveland and Seattle.

Hartman, who was drafted by Orioles executive vice president/general manager Mike Elias in the ninth round of the 2016 draft, is 27 and started 12 games this season for Triple-A Sugar Land. He was 3-3 with a 5.03 ERA in 13 games this season.

The Orioles will see if there’s interest in some of their other relievers, principally left-handers Paul Fry and Tanner Scott. Right-handers Cole Sulser and Dillon Tate also could draw interest. The trade deadline is at 4 p.m.

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  1. dlgruber1

    July 30, 2021 at 11:28 am

    The Rays are serious about winning the World Series this year it appears.

  2. Birdman

    July 30, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Rich, I assume that there would be interest in Fry and Tate. The question is why the Orioles would want to get rid of pitchers, still in their 20s, who are performing very well, and have 3+ years of team control. Have the Orioles given up on fielding a competitive team before 2025?

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 30, 2021 at 12:01 pm

      Relievers aren’t a priority on a rebuilding team. Unlike starting pitchers and position players who are of equal value no matter how competitive your team is, relievers are more valuable to competitive teams.

      The Orioles seemed to do well at last year’s deadline with the gets for Castro and Givens, so why not do it again?

  3. Buzz1979

    July 30, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    Move Fry, Scott, and Sulser.

  4. Boog Robinson Robinson

    July 30, 2021 at 1:10 pm

    THIS is the blockbuster that sets all things right. Mr. Elias has done it again!

    Just one question….exactly what position does this Cash play?

    • Rich Dubroff

      July 30, 2021 at 1:17 pm

      It’s under consideration.

    • OhMy!

      July 30, 2021 at 1:27 pm

      Glad we can always count on the sun coming up and BRR to take a shot at Elias…your consistency is reassuring! Never change!

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        July 30, 2021 at 4:59 pm

        When and if he ever turns this around, I’ll be the 1st one singing his praises my friend.

        • WorldlyView

          July 30, 2021 at 7:13 pm

          BRR, It just turned around: Hartman has a scintillating 5.03 ERA in AAA. Thank heavens for the waiver wire.

    • CalsPals

      July 30, 2021 at 3:24 pm

      Johnny?…go O’s…

      • Boog Robinson Robinson

        July 30, 2021 at 5:01 pm

        I wouldn’t mind a Dave.

        (from the way back machine)

  5. jaygotcha

    July 30, 2021 at 1:15 pm

    Damn, I really think they could have gotten Wander Franco back in return. Oh well…

    • Icterus fan

      July 30, 2021 at 1:20 pm

      The only thing wandering is your mind, jaygotcha!

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