With the MLB trade deadline nearing, which players are most likely to be traded by the Baltimore Orioles before the bell sounds on Friday?
In the midst of the Baltimore Orioles‘ series against the Miami Marlins and the Detroit Tigers this week, what is present on the minds of people around baseball is the impending MLB trade deadline. Set for 4:00 PM ET on Friday, the deadline is the last opportunity for teams to acquire talent via trade and gear up for a postseason run. This year, the Orioles are firmly on the seller’s end of the trade deadline, meaning they will be looking to move Major League talent in exchange for future assets.
For the most part, Baltimore’s season has been less than ideal. Prior to play on Friday, the Orioles hold the worst record in the American League and the second-worst record in Major League Baseball, beaten to the bottom by only the Arizona Diamondbacks. However, this season has revealed a few bright spots on the Orioles’ roster, including several players that MLB’s field of World Series hopefuls would be more than happy to add to their roster prior to Friday’s deadline.
Ranked by a combination of talent, availability, and the likelihood the player is traded, here are the Baltimore Orioles’ top five trade candidates:
5. Freddy Galvis
Despite being held out of play for roughly a month due to a quadriceps strain, Orioles’ veteran shortstop Freddy Galvis could be a very helpful piece for contending teams lacking depth. Although he plays shortstop primarily, Galvis has also logged innings at second base, third base, left field, and center field in his career.
Prior to hitting the injured list in June, Galvis was slashing .249/.306/.414 with nine home runs on the year. The 31-year-old showed the ability to adjust his approach at the plate this season after a spike in his strikeout rate, which bodes well for his perception as a player who’s still got something left in the tank.