Orioles let game slip away vs. Red Sox
BOSTON – About 90 minutes before the start of Thursday’s game, manager Buck Showalter said he had yet to speak with Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette.
Duquette is busy trying to add a hitter to the Orioles, hoping that he can make a deal before Saturday night’s deadline.
“I have had nothing happen between the time I talked to Dan yesterday about some of the things he was looking at and today to make me think anything is ahead—or behind,” Showalter said.
“There are a lot of things going on behind the scenes. I get the email every day from our guys about the guys on trade waivers. If you sit there and look at it every day: ‘oh my god, they put the best player in the game on trade waivers today.’ No, you don’t have a chance for them.”
Showalter is privy to the talks, but says the team as presently constituted is good enough to win.
“I look at it: It’s right here. I think it’s right here. It might be Wilson Betemit. It might be Henry Urrutia coming back. It might be whoever,” Showalter said.
“Until somebody else tells me there’s something else coming, I think it’s right here. I think it’s the people we have.”
If the Orioles don’t add Josh Willingham, Michael Morse, Jason Kubel or Justin Morneau, all names that have been linked with the team recently, Showalter is fine with it.
“Oh yeah. Of course. It’s not my job, man. I’m fine. I like our guys. I do,” Showalter said.
Showalter thinks that some people think the Orioles are doubting the team—and they shouldn’t.
“Thirty games is an eternity. What's not to like about them? I've been with them for a while. I know them. I know what they're made of. Just go ahead and count them out. It's all right,” Showalter said.