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Trade Them While They Are Hot

Written by: Steve Waller

It would be absurd for someone to think the Orioles have a legitimate shot at making any sort of run this season. They haven’t had a winning season since 1997, but it does look like Andy McPhail and the Orioles management is doing their jobs to build a strong homegrown team. The problem that now is that some current orioles may not be a part of this plan.

Luke Scott is now batting .319, with 13 homeruns and is one of the hottest hitter in the major leagues. Just the other week he was named the American League player of the week and if you look at him and what he does, he is one of the hardest working, and pleasant people in the Orioles dugout. Scott, who is in his last year of his contract, is 30 years old, a career .266 hitter, and has subpar fielding skills.

It pains me to even think this, but the Orioles should trade Luke Scott now and get what they can for him because his bat is going to cool off. Scott is a very streaky hitter and this may be the best baseball he will play all season. This means if the Orioles were to act now they could get the most out of a trade.

The Orioles also have a few other options. Aubrey Huff is also in the last year of his deal, but right now is hitting the way the Orioles expect him too. If you remember last season Huff didn’t start to heat up until a few months in, so the Orioles may elect to old onto Huff until he heats up or before the trade deadline. Oscar Salazar was just called up to join the Orioles, which means the Orioles may be trying to see what their other options are at first base.

Melvin Mora, also in his last year of his deal, is open to trade talks even though he has a no trade clause in his contract. Mora hasn’t done much with the bat this season but has a very reliable glove down at the hot corner. Mora, who is 37, may not be the Orioles best trade option because the next third baseman on the depth chart is Ty Wigginton, who has been an unreliable solution off the bench so far this season.

The Orioles have options; the question is what one they will make. Most believe Aubrey Huff is on his way out of Baltimore, but if his bat doesn’t heat up I doubt that will happen unless team is in desperate need of a first baseman. I think the Orioles best bet is trading Scott while he is hot and getting so good young prospects like they did with the Bedard trade.

2 comments:

  1. I agree. Get rid of Scott, but keep Mora cause Scott Moore is awful. Great Article

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  2. I suggest proofreading your articles befor placing them on line. This article, while it has basic factual information, is writeen by an amateur, not someone who is serious about baseball or writing in general

    Here are some major flaws in the article.
    (See items in Parenthesis)

    It would be absurd for someone to think the Orioles have a legitimate shot at making any sort of run this season. They haven’t had a winning season since 1997, but it does look like Andy McPhail and the Orioles management is (are) doing their jobs to build a strong homegrown team. The problem that now is that

    ( The problem now is that) some current orioles (Orioles)may not be a part of this plan.

    Luke Scott is now batting .319, with 13 homeruns ( home runs) and is one of the hottest hitter (hitters)in the major leagues. Just the other week he was named the American League player of the week and if you look at him and what he does, he is one of the hardest working, and pleasant people in the Orioles dugout. Scott, who is in his last year of his contract, is 30 years old, a career .266 hitter, and has subpar fielding skills.

    It pains me to even think this, but the Orioles should trade Luke Scott now and get what they can for him because his bat is going to cool off. Scott is a very streaky hitter and this may be the best baseball he will play all season. This means if the Orioles were to act now they could get the most out of a trade. (Saying the same thing over and over again)

    The Orioles also have a few other options. Aubrey Huff is also in the last year of his deal, but right now is hitting the way the Orioles expect him too. If you remember last season Huff didn’t start to heat up until a few months in, so the Orioles may elect to old (hold)onto Huff until he heats up or before the trade deadline. Oscar Salazar was just called up to join the Orioles, ( called up means to join the Orioles, more redundancy) which means the Orioles may be trying to see what their other options are at first base.

    Melvin Mora, also in his last year of his deal, is open to trade talks even though he has a no trade clause in his contract. Mora hasn’t done much with the bat this season but has a very reliable glove down at the hot corner. Mora, who is 37, may not be the Orioles best trade option because the next third baseman on the depth chart is Ty Wigginton, who has been an unreliable solution off the bench so far this season.

    The Orioles have options; the question is what (which) one they will make. Most believe Aubrey Huff is on his way out of Baltimore, but if his bat doesn’t heat up I doubt that will happen unless (a) team is in desperate need of a first baseman. I think the Orioles best bet is trading Scott while he is hot and getting so (some) good young prospects like they did with the Bedard trade.

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