started this feature
a week ago, and as of the time I write this, the Orioles have won all of no games during that time.
You might be thinking "Glenn, the NBA Finals and Stanley Cup Final are going to be over soon. The Orioles will be all we have to entertain us for the rest of the summer. How do we get by?" I'm so glad you asked! My suggestion: make yourself a
tater tot waffle bacon jalapeno grilled cheese sandwich
and watch or don't watch the Orioles because seriously, we're in the frickin' golden age of social media cooking videos, so why should we complain about anything else at all?
But here we go for Week 2. Rebuild like a champion today.
10. Starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (No. 9 ranking last week)
His numbers still don't look good, but he's allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. And to my knowledge, he's never dribbled out the final seconds of a game because he forgot his team wasn't leading. Given that there are likely to be more teams looking for pitching at the deadline than there are quality pitchers available, his affordable contract could make him an option to bring something in return.
9. Starting pitcher Alex Cobb (No. 7)
I could almost repeat the exact same paragraph for Cobb that I did for Cashner. He's also allowed three earned runs or fewer in five of his last six starts. The only difference is that he carries a more expensive contract (most of four years, $57 million is on the hook). Cobb is probably a real signifier of how much the Orioles believe they're "rebuilding." If they think they are, there's absolutely no reason to hang on to him; they should try to get as much as they can for him while dumping as much money as possible. If they don't appear to make him available, it would seem to signify that they believe they can compete again in the not so distant future.
8. Starting pitcher Dylan Bundy (unranked)
You're probably caught off guard by this one. Even in a full rebuild, you'd think Bundy would be the piece the Orioles want to hold on to and attempt to build around. Americans did a better job of
keeping up their Kanye West boycott
than the Orioles have done in developing pitchers. Why would they want to get rid of the one they've actually managed to develop? Well, the
Bob Nightengale said on "The Bat Around" June 2
that trading Bundy would net the Orioles more than anyone else on the roster because of his combination of talent and team control. If they're truly committed to rebuilding, this would be their best chance to get as much talent back as possible. But I doubt it happens.
7. Infielder Danny Valencia (No. 8)
The return isn't going to be much, particularly considering you need his defense about as much as our region needs another rainy day. But he's 19-for-55 (.345) during the last month, and the lefty masher continues to hit right-handers this season. Someone wants that.
6. Second baseman Jonathan Schoop (No. 2)
Schoop suffers a sharp decline on the list this week because he's just not getting any better at the plate. He's hitting .233 over his last 15 games and his .238/.263/.388 slash line makes it look more and more like the Orioles' best bet might be to hold on to him until the end of the year in hopes his numbers improve so they can deal him in the offseason.
Or they could re-sign him. You might not realize, but they're actually allowed to re-sign players other than first basemen who only hit home runs or strike out.
5. Relief pitcher Richard Bleier (No. 5)
Bleier has worked just once since getting roughed up by the Nationals on Memorial Day. In his June 1 appearance against the Yankees, he allowed a couple of hits but managed to escape without allowing a run in his inning of work. But generally, he's dropped off a bit from his insane start to the season. It appears as though the Orioles would get less for him than we originally thought -- and making it seem like if Manny Machado gets traded before the All-Star Game, the Orioles might not have a representative at all.
4. Outfielder Adam Jones (No. 3)
No one seems to have a definitive answer about whether Jones would be willing to be dealt at the deadline -- he has 10-and-5 rights -- but the common assumption is that for the chance to win a World Series he'd probably be willing to do so. If he is, he's hitting like a man who could help a contender and get the Orioles a decent piece in return. Jones is 11-for-28 (.393) over his last seven games. If for some reason the Braves were to acquire him to pair with Nick Markakis, they'd have a couple million extra fans the rest of the season. I mean, TBS should probably start airing the games again, at least in Baltimore.
3. Relief pitcher Brad Brach (No. 4)
It's been so long since Brad Brach allowed a run that the last time he did no one had seen The Avengers yet and you still had to worry about spoilers. We're good with that now, right? We can openly talk about what happened in the movie, right? Wait … still no? Glad you warned me. I was about to give away that the X-Men showed up and saved the universe. Whew.
Anyway, Brach's been really good and should be an appealing bullpen piece for someone.
2. Closer Zach Britton (No. 6)
With Britton now on the cusp of a return, he'll have plenty of time to remind everyone that he still knows how to pitch. For what it's worth,
Nightengale doesn't think
the Orioles/Astros mishap from the trade deadline last year would prevent the teams from doing a deal this year that would send Britton to Houston.
1. Shortstop Manny Machado (No. 1)
He's still really frickin' good, and he's still going to have to be dealt soon. While the Cubs have perhaps been the most discussed trade partner, others have emerged. Nightengale believes the Phillies are the most likely suitor, but he doesn't expect the Orioles to get much of a haul in return, which probably takes infield prospect J.P. Crawford and pitching prospect
off the table. Meanwhile, MLB.com's Richard Justice
believes the Diamondbacks
are actually the most logical trade partner -- and suggests that Arizona should be willing to give up top pitching prospect Jon Duplantier to make it happen.