Right now the O's are having success without some key players.
Star outfielder Nick Markakis is on the road back after breaking his hamate bone. Once he returns, the O's will be adding a Gold Glove winner with a career .363 OBP.
Despite there not being a time table set for Nolan Reimold's return, the Orioles remain hopeful that he will play again for them this season. The budding star had an OPS of .960 before going on the DL months ago.
The return of these guys to the lineup will have the same effect of adding a veteran bat at the deadline.
There have been injuries to some key pitchers as well.
Last year, Zach Britton won 11 ball games for the Orioles. He is fine-tuning his stuff at Triple-A after working his way back from shoulder issues sustained in Spring Training. Once he is able to get some quality innings under his belt in Norfolk, he will return to Baltimore's rotation.
A return of Britton would give the O's another steady arm to go with Wei-Yin Chen, Jason Hammel and Brian Matusz. If Britton could become that fourth option, it would make little sense for the O's to add a pitcher like Ryan Dempster, who lacks power stuff needed to succeed in the postseason.
Reliever Matt Lindstrom is also close to returning from a torn ligament in his middle finger. Lindstrom will give the O's that extra power bullpen arm most contenders look to add at the deadline.
With three key players close to returning and the possibility of Reimold contributing post All-Star break, the O's will be receiving that mid-season boost desired from a trade without having to deal the prospects.