Orioles looking to trade for arms
The Orioles want to make a trade to upgrade their pitching staff, but the problem is they don’t really have any trade chips.
Executive VP of baseball operations Dan Duquette said yesterday that Matt Wieters, Adam Jones and Nick Markakis are players he wants to build around and the team also isn’t in a spot to trade away their young pitching
They have received heavy interest on Robert Andino and could see if a team will overpay. But they also need an Andino-type on the team, not just as a utility infielder, but as a possible starting second baseman. No one knows if Brian Roberts will be ready to start the season, and –even if he is — it’s impossible to predict if he’ll be able to stay healthy and productive over a 162-game grind.
Jeremy Guthrie is the Orioles best trade chip, with the Rockies and Angels among the interested parties. But keep in mind he’s thrown 200 innings in the last three seasons and guys like that don’t exactly grow on trees. Given the current state of the Orioles rotation, it’s hard to justify trading away Guthrie. The organization would have to get some quality pitching back in return for Guthrie.