So, the Orioles enter the break in last place in the AL East. As a fan for the last 11 years, I can't say I'm surprised. However, for the first time in the last 11 seasons, there are things to be excited about as an Orioles fan. Sure—I'm not talking about, "Run at the Wild Card," excited, but "look—there's .500" excited!" We've got a young rotation, a young catcher, young outfield—there are some GOOD THINGS going on here!
So, just like my title says, "What's Next"? As we enter the second half, here are the moves I believe the Orioles must CONSIDER to continue moving along the right track. Without them, while the excitement could continue —we may just continue to SPIN OUR WHEELS here in last place.
FIRST MOVE—TRADE AUBREY HUFF: Don't get me wrong, I like the guy. He's a good "character" and he's not as bad as everyone expected at first base. Truth be told, he could probably be resigned at about the same or less than what he is currently getting NEXT year. However, there are teams that need a left-handed hitting bat, and like it or not, Huff is one of those. We don't HAVE a replacement, so another 1B in the trade might be nice. Look for the Orioles to put Oscar Salazar and Ty Wigginton into the spot for the remainder of the year, but Brandon Snyder could be the guy the Orioles turn to next year (if his health allows).
TRADE FELIX PIE to the WHITE SOX: Somebody wants this guy... to play... and they'll give you a 3B for him... TAKE IT! Even if you need to throw in some marginal A or Rookie-League ballplayer to get Josh Fields, take it. Again, there are no "ready to play" 3B in the Orioles minor league system. This trade is likely to take place over the All-Star break OR while the O's are in Chicago next week!
TRADE GEORGE SHERRILL, under one condition: This is probably the most controversial of my thoughts. He has a lot of value. He has the ability to get outs AND he's left-handed. Who ISN'T on the market for relief pitching? Put him out there—see what kind of offers you get. If you like them—trade him. If not—don't!
In a perfect world, someone would be looking for Melvin Mora's glove, but no one needs a GLOVE down the stretch. I would have included to FIGHT THE URGE to bring up Arrietta, but, frankly, it would just be more to be excited about in year #12!