BALTIMORE – The non-waiver trade deadline is 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Just this weekend, the Orioles have been mentioned as players for hitters such as Philadelphia’s Michael Young, San Diego’s Carlos Quentin, Minnesota’s Justin Morneau,Seattle’s Michael Morse and Raul Ibanez as well as Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy and Houston righty Bud Norris, scheduled to face the Orioles on Tuesday.
The Orioles have already been busy this month, acquiring right-handed pitcher Scott Feldman from the Chicago Cubs and reliever Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee.
It must be an exciting time for manager Buck Showalter to hear his team mentioned so often as a possible destination for useful players.
Not so, Showalter says.
“I always look at it from the player’s standpoint. I don’t know if it’s exciting for them because they’re thinking: ‘Who’s it for?’ Somebody doesn’t hand us a player. You subtract a player. You try and think of what the players are thinking,” Showalter said on Sunday morning.
“This is a group that doesn’t say: ‘Are we going to get somebody? Are we going to do this? Why don’t we do this?’ They don’t do that.”
It may be OK if the Orioles let the trading deadline pass without another significant move. The Orioles have made additions without trades, Showalter said.
“If we wake up Aug. 1, I don’t think anybody is going to feel bad. We don’t worry about things. We got Brian Roberts back.”
The Orioles are making additions from within, too, Showalter said.
“The Yankees got [Alfonso] Soriano. We got [LJ] Hoes. That’s who we are, and we’re OK with it,” he said.
The Orioles signed Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and Nick Markakis to extensions, he points out. They picked up Chris Davis in a deadline deal in 2011, drafted Manny Machado and re-signed Nate McLouth.
“That stuff wasn’t free,” Showalter said. “If we had done all those things on July 30. It would have been a heck of a story.”
“I’m sure that there’s going to be something that goes down between now and the 31st,” Showalter said. It just may not be in Baltimore.
“I’ve been on some clubs that it was, ‘Are we going to do anything?’
Showalter said that the Orioles are being aggressive, but also planning strategically.
“Not only this year, but also beyond, you have to think about who are you trying to be over the long haul. You try not to do anything that affects our ability to have a long term competitive team,” Showalter said.