Danny Valencia


BALTIMORE – David Lough looked a bit nervous when he was asked to evaluate his first season with the Orioles.


SARASOTA, Fla. – Buck Showalter hopes to have an everyday designated hitter.

“If that guy showed up, it means we’ve got a really good DH. I’d prefer to have that,” Showalter said.


Well, how do you like the offseason now? With two moves in as many days, the Orioles can point to two tangible acquisitions, and the Dan Duquette’s strategy is becoming clearer.


For the second time in two days, the Orioles seemingly filled a need. On Wednesday, they traded Danny Valencia to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David Lough.


Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog, who was also a general manager, had a theory of building a bench. It was never a good idea to keep a bench together for more than a year.