Mel Antowen from MASN and SI.com joined The Vinny and Rob Show Wednesday morning on 105-7 THE FAN and gave his opinion on possible moves for the Orioles as the deadline approaches.
As rumors fly around the MLB for possible trades the Orioles have been linked to several names. Raul Ibanez, Bud Norris, and Justin Morneau have been associated with the O’s front office but nothing official has happened yet. According to Mel, talks between the Orioles and Mariners heated up last night but nothing came to fruition for the O’s to obtain Ibanez. The Oriole’s needs are in pitching and a solid lefty designated hitter.
Even if the Orioles do not make a move before today’s trade deadline at 4 p.m. they can still make a move through a waiver wire trade. The Orioles could move Johnathan Schoop for a bigger name but Mel does not believe that O’s will do so. In whether or not the birds make a move today Mel had this to say, “I predict no, but there was some talk last night that they were close to getting Raul Ibanez….that might be the possibility but my guess is that they’ll stand pact.” A lot of sources around the league do not have much information on who is going where because teams do not want to release their secrets of who they want.
Mel believes that the Orioles can make the playoffs with the roster they have today. They certainly do not need help in the field as the birds are on their way to set an MLB record for fewest errors ever in a season. However, they could use a solid DH with pop in his bat and they need another pitcher that can go longer than six innings. Jason Hammel who was a pleasant surprise last year has had a tough go getting past the sixth inning and his ERA is up over a point from last year. Another solid starter like Bud Norris could really solidify the rotation for a post season run.
(Programming Note: Intern Zach wrote and posted this article as part of his internship program with CBS Baltimore. Zach is a Communications & History major at Loyola University Maryland.)