Baltimore Orioles: Trade Rumors Still No More Than That

The hugely awaited, heavily anticipated possibility of the Baltimore Orioles making a trade Wednesday turned into an ordinary, everyday DL move, as the club disabled Steve Pearce and promoted a familiar face, Kevin Gausman, in order to pitch last night’s game at New York.

It was reported by masnsports.com that Pearce has an oblique strain he’s been feeling for a couple of weeks. He was to receive an MRI in Baltimore today.

It is hard to escape the image of him pointing to his side and moaning, and getting picked to go on the DL, even though his reputation is not for malingering. He is hitting .227 with seven home runs and 24 RBIs in 58 games. According to Showalter, Pearce came into his office before the game, reported the soreness, and volunteered himself as a DL candidate.

The problem of whom to trade is a very tricky one, because the Orioles need a power hitting outfielder – make that a corner outfielder who can hit reliably at all – but, stop me if you’ve heard this before, any potential trade partner will demand a Dylan Bundy or a Hunter Harvey in return.

Executive Vice President for Baseball Operations Dan Duquette would rather not break down and part with a piece that valuable, because it robs organizational depth in case of injury. His remarks earlier Wednesday did not indicate a trade is either imminent or not, and he repeated that there is plenty of time to go.

So the air will keep being heavy with trade rumor this and trade rumor that involving a big ball, whether the talk involves Carlos Gonzalez or Yoenis Cespedes.

Last night, the Yankees protected a 4-2 lead by calling on the usual, Dellin Betances/Andrew Miller combination. Miller had an .097 opponents’ average, and the Orioles did not have a hit off him this season, before Chris Davis took him deep with the bases empty in the 9th inning. It was the Orioles’ only hit in the last six inning, and it only meant another 1-run loss. Miller finished it off for his 22nd save in 22 tries.

The Orioles slipped under .500, 46-47, and fell 6 games out of first. Ubaldo Jimenez faces Masahiro Tanaka this afternoon with a chance to salvage the series.

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