5 Players Baltimore Orioles Should Acquire Before 2014 MLB Trade Deadline
The Baltimore Orioles are slightly above .500, at 31-29 through their first 60 games. The trade deadline is slowly approaching and the Orioles have unquestionable needs, particularly pitching. Here are five players the O's should target before the deadline.
Jeff Samardzija is having a career-year for the Chicago Cubs, but it doesn't look like he will sign an extension with them. The O's have a need for a pitcher, so it only makes sense for them to try acquiring the guy with a 2.54 ERA with a good K/9 and ground-ball percentage.
Samardzija isn't the only Cubs starter on the trade market; Jason Hammel is one of the more intriguing options who could become available. The great season he's having hasn't been recognized nationally because of the Cubs' poor record, but he has a 2.53 ERA with great control while racking up 8.04 K/9.
The Orioles aren't necessarily getting great production from their designated hitters, so adding a bat like Billy Butler would make a ton of sense. He's having a down year, but a change of scenery could turn his season around.
David Price is an ace. His velocity is down, but he has elite command. It will take a huge bundle of prospects to acquire him, but the O's have enough to do so.
Seth Smith would be a cheaper option to acquire than Butler. He isn't as talented and doesn't have the same track record, but Smith is still a very good hitter, especially against right-handed pitching.