By Timothy Downs @Tidow1212 on June 15, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles are currently tied for second place in the AL East with a 35-32 record, which puts them in a no-win situation at the trade deadline. Whether they end up buyers or sellers, here are five players they could live without in 2014.
Timothy Downs is a fantasy sports writer for RantSports.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tidow1212.
Second baseman Jonathan Schoop has been mediocre thus far in his first full year in the majors. Batting just .223, a trip back to the minors for some extra seasoning might not be the worst idea if the Orioles fall out of contention. If they decide to be buyers at the deadline, an offensive upgrade at the position would be huge.
Delmon Young has been serviceable at times for the Orioles this season, but he is a defensive liability in the field, making the designated-hitters role the only legitimate spot for him. Baltimore might be better off using the DH spot in the order as a revolving door, where they give their everyday players a day off their legs in the field to focus on hitting.
Ubaldo Jimenez has not been good this season after signing a free-agent deal this winter, which was the most lucrative contract Baltimore had ever given to a starting pitcher, at four years and million. He has pitched to a 2-8 record in 14 starts with a 4.86 ERA, a trend that the Orioles could certainly do without.
It has been quite a puzzling 2014 campaign for shortstop J.J. Hardy, who has yet to hit a homer after blasting 25 for Baltimore last season. In the final year of his contract, the Orioles might be better off moving Hardy at the deadline, considering he does not seem to fit into the clubs long-term plans at the position.
Orioles closer Tommy Hunter has saved 11 games this season while pitching to a 5.79 ERA, which obviously is not going to cut it on a contending team. Manager Buck Showalter has been reluctant to give up on Hunter, but one has to think reliever Darren O'Day, who has been great all season pitching to a 1.26 ERA, will be given the role sooner rather than later. The Orioles do not need Hunter the way he is currently pitching.
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