Dan Duquette is in quite the predicament. It’s been 14 years since the Orioles have been in the playoffs, or even sniffed .500. It doesn’t seem like either is possible unless he makes some trades. The problem is, the Orioles don’t have many assets in the minors. It would seem that Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado are untouchable. By most accounts, they don’t have a deep minor league system, which means it may be hard to add the kind of talent they need to really make a run at it. However, the Orioles need another starting pitcher, and could use help at third or left. To get talent, you have to give up talent.
I think the Orioles have to make moves, even if they don’t get to the playoffs, just to ensure they finish over .500. My concern is that this team has so many issues with the rotation that they could fade fast. That would be a crushing blow to the fan base, and also would hurt in the Orioles bid to attract free agents. Duquette has made great moves so far, but he needs at least two more this July to keep the Orioles relevant for the final 2 months of the season.