The Baltimore Orioles have been linked to several of the big names that figure to be available at the trade deadline, most notably Cincinnati Reds ace Johnny Cueto, but Fox Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles could be sellers instead of buyers:
Baltimore is seven games back in the AL East, and are 4.5 games out of the final wild card spot as of the morning of July 24.
While they certainly aren't out of contention, Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal points to the Orioles' weak farm system - ranked 29th in the league - and the impending free agency of three key players as reasons to sell now:
#Orioles owner Peter Angelos has opposed selling in past, but strategy would make sense now - large number of free agents, thin farm system.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2015
#Orioles’ top three potential free agents - C. Davis, Wieters, Chen - all represented by Boras and likely will be difficult to re-sign.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 24, 2015
Chris Davis is batting .241 with 21 homers and 55 RBIs so far this season, while Matt Wieters is hitting .243 with three home runs and 12 RBIs and Wei-Yin Chen has a 4-6 record on the year with a 2.86 ERA and 96 strikeouts in 116.1 innings.Back to the Baltimore Orioles Newsfeed