Baltimore Orioles: Ten Trades We Wish Were April Fools’ Jokes
By Nick Stevens
Happy April Fools’ Day! Do you have plans to get someone good today? To celebrate the day, we’re taking a look at ten trades made by the Baltimore Orioles which we wish were April Fools’ Day jokes.
I could have reached for the low-hanging fruit and written an April Fools’ Day article about the Baltimore Orioles releasing Chris Davis, but that would have been too easy. Instead, let’s spend some time taking a look back at ten trades that now seem almost unbelievable.
Hindsight is 20/20, right? We understand that and acknowledge this fact while looking at these trades. A few of these trades are a natural result of baseball. We can’t assume certain prospects are going to be quality major leaguers or full-time minor league roster depth, but often times, players emerge out of nowhere, injuries happen, the yips take over, or things just click.
At the time, some of these trades made sense or were necessary for financial reasons. Some were just the result of bad luck and came to define the Dan Duquette era of baseball in the Charm City.
The following ten trades are moves made by the Baltimore Orioles that didn’t quite pan out in their favor. There is no particular order with these trades, just a collection of trades to reminisce about, shake our heads, and laugh at what could have been.
We begin by taking a look at a trade involving a beloved team which I wish would return, the Montreal Expos, and a man known as “El Presidente.”