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Orioles Don't Trade Zach Britton, Acquire Infielder Tim Beckham From Rays

July 31, 2017
BALTIMORE -- As the MLB non-waiver trade deadline passed at 4 p.m. July 31, the Orioles ended up not trading left-handed closer Zach Britton, right-handed reliever Brad Brach or anyone else from the current 25-man roster.
 
With reports circulating of the Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers showing interest in Britton, none of the deals materialized.
 
Instead, the Orioles acquired infielder Tim Beckham from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league right-hander Tobias Myers.
 
Beckham, who is under club control through the 2020 season, could be a candidate to be the Orioles' shortstop in 2018.
 
A former overall No. 1 draft pick in 2008, Beckham batted .259 with 12 home runs and 36 RBIs for the Rays this season.
 
"He's got a good bat. He's got excellent power numbers for a middle infielders," Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said. "He's proven to be solid defensively at second and short. I think he's just starting to come into his own as a ballplayer."
 
Beckham is primarily a shortstop but has played the other three infield positions.
 
Duquette believes that even with a record that was four games under .500 (50-54) entering play July 31, the Orioles can still contend.
 
"We have Zach Britton back like Zach Britton can pitch," Duquette said. "We think if we can solidify the starting rotation, we can make a run at it. We're going to take a shot at getting the most out of this season. Nobody is running away with the American League East. The teams are so evenly matched. If you make a move here or there, and it jells, who knows? We still have hope we can make the playoffs."
 
Duquette wouldn't comment directly on offers made for Britton.
 
"There's a lot of interest in the pitchers in our bullpen because they're good, quality pitchers," Duquette said. "There's a steep price paid for the relievers last year and that really wasn't the market this year."
 
Manager Buck Showalter said he was happy none of his front-line players were dealt.
 
"I think we have the people in there, with some health, additions that people think are small, but could be big," Showalter said. "Some things could happen tomorrow and the next day and the next day. ... We need to be a little better in some areas and get in the fight a little bit more."
 
In his six seasons with the Orioles, Duquette has never sold off players at the trade deadline, and despite the thinking he would this year, he's not.

"Frankly, I'm glad that we're adding," Duquette said. "I'd much rather be adding this time of year than subtracting."
 
NOTES: Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson reported, and he'll pitch against the Kansas City Royals Aug. 2. … To make room for Hellickson on the roster, outfielder Mark Trumbo was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right rib cage. Shortstop J.J. Hardy (right wrist) was transferred to the 60-day disabled list.  ... The Orioles acquired right-hander Yefry Ramirez from the New York Yankees in exchange for international signing bonus slots. Ramirez was optioned to Double-A Bowie.