Ranking the Orioles' Best Minor League Bargaining Chips

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Ranking the Orioles' Best Minor League Bargaining Chips

With August quickly approaching, the question remains whether or not the Baltimore Orioles will be active at the trade deadline.

While they have already made a key acquisition, acquiring Cubs starting pitching Scott Feldman, the O's still have plenty of minor league trade bait they could still use if general manager Dan Duquette decides to be aggresive in his trades.

Since Duquette's arrival late in 2011, the Orioles have been keen on keeping their top prospects and not falling into the "win now" trade attitude, despite being a winning team for the first time since the late 1990s.

One  example of this is their recent acquisition of Feldman.

The O's could have traded for the more valuable Cubs' starter, Matt Garza. However, according to Buster Olney of ESPN and Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun, the Orioles' were not willing to part with top prospects Eduardo Rodriguez and Jonathan Schoop.

Instead, they traded for Feldman and lost only pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop, both of whom had all but played themselves out of Baltimore.

So, if the Orioles decide against trading some of their more valuable minor league talent, it would neither be shocking nor necessarily a bad thing.

Nonetheless, here are their top minor league bargaining chips if they decide to be major trading deadline buyers.

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