Baltimore Orioles: 5 players most likely to be traded before 2019
With the Baltimore Orioles 2018 season coming to a close on Sunday, it’s time to look at some potential offseason moves the organization can make in order to prepare for 2019 and beyond
The Baltimore Orioles have just suffered through the worst season in franchise history. At 46-112 and counting, we’re all ready for this season to be over so we can move forward into the offseason and start hoping for better things in 2019.
There isn’t much the Orioles can realistically do to make their 2019 roster a competitive one. There’s a LOT of work to be done here, and considering we aren’t fully sure what the front office will look like in a few weeks’ time, we don’t know how aggressive they’ll be in the offseason.
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What we do know is this: the Orioles will need to find and develop talent already in their organization in order to be successful next year. 2019 won’t be a big free-agent year for the O’s.
We’re all aware of the struggles this team has had in developing prospects and in the free-agent market. But Dan Duquette was allowed to make some trades at the deadline this year, at least helping the Orioles start rebuilding and moving on from the 2014 core of Manny Machado, Zach Britton and co.
So who on the Orioles holds trade value? What moves could the Orioles realistically make to start improving the organization for the future? There are a few obvious options, a few that we might be a bit more hesitant to make, and at least one (looking at you, Chris Davis) who has zero value in the trade market. But the Orioles need to start somewhere.
They can’t afford to wait any longer. So let’s get into it: 5 players the Orioles can move to help their chances in 2019 and beyond.