The Baltimore Orioles are four games behind in the AL East standings, trailing the Boston Red Sox. On the bright side, the Orioles own the second wild card spot, meaning they would face the Tampa Bay Rays in a one-game playoff if the postseason were to begin today. Well, it doesn’t begin today, meaning Baltimore still has time to make a trade or two to make its team better if it feels it to be necessary. In my opinion, it is necessary.
The AL East isn’t as tough as it used to be, but it’s still a rough division to play in. The New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox aren’t quite what they used to be, but they are still good. Recently, the Yankees acquired former Yankee Alfonso Soriano. Ten years ago, this would’ve been a great trade. Just kidding, Soriano is still a great player, and he fills a much needed position for the Yankees, a right handed hitter.
That makes the Yankees better and once they get 100 percent healthy (or if they ever do) they will be back, and atop the standings as usual. With that being said, the Orioles need to explore the possibility of adding another player. Specifically, a starting pitcher.
The biggest name on their radar is Chicago White Sox pitcher Jake Peavy. The only problem is, he isn’t on their radar, but he needs to be.
A more realistic option for the Orioles is Houston Astros pitcher Bud Norris. This season, Norris has a 3.93 ERA and a 6-9 record. Those aren’t the best stats in the world, but they will be a huge help to the Orioles. Bud Norris would be a cheaper buy for Baltimore, and it wouldn’t have to give up as much in comparison to Jake Peavy.
It all comes down to what Baltimore wants to do. It could go the cheapskate route with Bud Norris, or it can go for it all with Jake Peavy. If the Orioles are serious about trying to get into the postseason for the second year in a row, and go deeper into the playoffs than last year, they need to go with Peavy. Bud Norris is a good Plan B, but Jake Peavy needs to be on the Orioles’ trading radar.