The Baltimore Orioles currently sit smack dab in the middle of the AL East standings in third place with a record of 28-27. There's been a number of factors that have come into play in causing the O's to underperform, but the most glaring issue with the team is its lack of quality starting pitching.
The team's unofficial "ace," Chris Tillman, has been a disappointment so far, flashing moments of brilliance in some starts but completely blowing up in others. He currently holds a 4.63 ERA and a 1.40 WHIP.
With the contracts of franchise players in Chris Davis and Matt Wieters coming off the books at the end of the 2015 season, the time to win is now for the O's. They'll need to deal some highly rated prospects in order to yield an ace-type pitcher in return that can be a game changer and can sustain the rotation.
Per CBS Chicago's Bruce Levine (h/t Tyler Drenon of MLBDailyDish.com), the Orioles are the "leading team of interest in the Jeff Samardzija sweepstakes."
Samardzija is currently 14th in ERA in the majors with a 2.54 ERA.
But in order to get a substantial return, you must first give up value and not just an assortment of broken parts for a player of Samardzija's caliber.
Here are three prospects that the Orioles should seriously consider dealing at the deadline or well beforehand.