With the MLB trade deadline about a week away, we take a look at the ten most memorable Baltimore Orioles deadline trades of the decade.
The 2019 season will mark the end of yet another decade in major league baseball. For the Baltimore Orioles, there has been a good amount of winning and surely a lot of losing in the 2010-2019 decade.
As a result, the team has made many memorable trade deadline trades. Some were moves to improve the organization and others to subtract and add for the future.
Unless the Orioles get a historic haul for Mychal Givens or trade Trey Mancini, it’s hard to imagine any deal they’ll make would be worthy of this list. Thus, let’s go ahead and take a look at the ten most memorable Baltimore Orioles trade deadline moves of the decade.
#10. Miguel Tejada’s Second Stint In Baltimore Comes To An end (2010)
Prior to the 2010 season, the Baltimore Orioles reunited with infielder Miguel Tejada. Tejada’s first stint with the Orioles began in 2004 which was just two seasons after being named 2002 AL MVP as a member of the Oakland A’s.
In his first stint with the O’s Tejada was named an all-star team three times (2004-2006) playing in all 162 games of each of those all-star seasons. After slashing .296/.357/.422 for Baltimore in 2007, the Orioles traded Tejada to the Houston Astros prior to the 2008 season.
After two seasons with Houston Tejada resigned with the Orioles on a one-year six million dollar deal in 2010. The move would not payoff for the once-great Oriole as he struggled hitting just .269 in 97 games.
His struggles combined with a losing season for the team forced the organization’s hand as they traded him to the San Diego Padres for pitching prospect Wynn Pelzer before the July trade deadline.
While Pelzer would never make the majors, Tejada went onto hit eight home runs in 59 games for the Padres after the trade which helped them come within one game of the postseason.
Though this trade had no long term effects on either team, it did signal the end of an era in Birdland as the fan-favorite Tejada was traded for the second time in a three-year span.