Orioles Give Off Conflicting Views of Playoff Push
Dan Duquette, Orioles general manager, might have said the team will do whatever it takes to make a postseason push, but he also said the Orioles' answers are within, and they will make a deal only if it makes sense.
Duquette's proclamation came Saturday, the same day the Birds granted Jamie Moyer's release after he had three good starts in Norfolk. Beyond Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen, the rest of the club's starting pitching hasn't provided anything close to real postseason answers.
On top of that, Duquette and manager Buck Showalter said the club liked the recent play of Wilson Betemit at third base, a concerning notion if there ever was one. Mark Reynolds is still getting time at first base. The O's could find other, better players than either of them if they really made the effort for a trade.
The O's won't listen to trade offers for any of the club's recent first-round picks or starters such as Zach Britton down in Norfolk.
So, the question really is: what is "whatever it takes" then?
If the O's are serious about a postseason push, they'll have to refine their answer within the next few weeks.
Posted June 24, 2012