Birds in Flight: Orioles Who Could Be Traded
Part of being the team with the worst record in all of baseball is that you become a huge seller right before baseball's trade deadline.
As the team who fits that role, it is no surprise that the Orioles have been talked about these past weeks as being potential sellers for teams that are in the playoff race.
In return for these veterans that the Orioles currently own, team management will look for prospects who can possibly help the team in the future.
Andy MacPhail has always said that he won't make trades just to make them, but with several older veterans on a team that has already looked towards next year, it is hard to believe the O's will be inactive.
Now, without further ado, here are several Orioles that could be valuable to other teams.
Wigginton was much more appealing to other teams a month ago, but a recent slump has decreased interest in him a little bit.
In his last 15 games, he has a .196 batting average with just three RBI and seems to be on the decline as the other O's seem to be recovering a little bit.
Despite the recent struggles, Wigginton still remains a good trading piece because he is technically an All-Star, and his ability to play many positions could be handy for teams off of the bench.
Guthrie is a lot like Wiggy in that he has struggled as of late and that could possibly hurt his trade value. Unlike Wigginton however, he still could be valuable for the Orioles in the next couple of years.
Unless the Orioles are blown away by an offer, Guthrie will probably remain in an Orioles uniform.
Scott could be valuable to a team as a good bat off of the bench. He is a great fastball hitter and when he is hot, his power is off the chart.
The one negative that teams will look at is his lack of success with runners in scoring position. His .133 average with RISP is a problem that could be a reason teams don't want to offer a top prospect.
Millwood has had as bad of a season as anyone could imagine.
Despite having an ERA of 3.89 through May, Millwood didn't get his first win until June 16, and has been terrible these last two months untill he was placed on the DL before the All Star Break.
Millwood might still have value to a team with needs in the back of its rotation that feels his struggles in June and July are because of his team and not a representation of his skill.
Perhaps the most enticing piece on the Orioles right now is Tejada, who is batting a respectable .290 in his last 30 games.
With a contract that is expiring at the end of this year, Tejada was signed as a temporary player to fill third base until Josh Bell was ready to take the role.
While Bell might not be 100 percent ready right now, he is close enough for the Orioles to be confident in Tejada if the right offer comes along.
Invited to spring training without a contract, Ohman has surprised everyone with his success as the O's left-handed-specialist.
He has a 2.73 ERA in 45 appearances and could be used in the role he currently is in or possibly as a setup guy.
Ohman is certainly the guy with the best numbers out of everyone being talked about and could possibly be the one with the best value as teams like the Yankees look to bolster their bullpens.