In part one of our six-part series, we take a division-by-division look at some of the more memorable trades in Baltimore Orioles franchise history. Up first, the National League West.
We all knew the Baltimore Orioles weren’t going to be very active this offseason, the first full offseason for general manager Mike Elias and his staff, but the small number of moves have been enough to keep the Orioles fanbase active this winter.
After selling off everything of value during the great purge of 2018, the Orioles have already traded infielder Jonathan Villar to the Miami Marlins and starting pitcher Dylan Bundy to the Los Angeles Angels, with reliever Mychal Givens and first baseman/outfielder Trey Mancini trade talk lingering in the air throughout the winter.
With little else to talk about over the winter, this led me down a rabbit hole of looking back at previous trades made by the Baltimore Orioles over the years. As a result, over the next week or so, we are going to take a look back at some of the more notable trades the Orioles have made since their inaugural 1954 season, broken down by trading partner.
What we will do is go division by division and break down the number of player-for-player trades between the Orioles and every other team in that division, take a look at the most notable trade made between those two franchises (good or bad), and discuss any other noteworthy deals made.
Let’s start with the National League West and go in alphabetical order, beginning with the Arizona Diamondbacks.