ANAHEIM, Calif. — Some major league teams import players at the trade deadline. Others export. The Baltimore Orioles looked a team that got their invoices mixed up.
The Orioles were expected to trade left-hander reliever Zach Britton around the deadline, what with relievers being the primary need for teams expecting to play baseball in October.
Baltimore wasn’t being mentioned as part of the traffic jam of teams around .500 vying for a chance to play one postseason game. The Orioles were seven games under .500 as recently as July 16, but they get a chance to go over the .500 mark for the first time in nearly two months when they continue a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.
Baltimore last held a winning record on June 11 when it was 31-30 following a 14-3 loss to the New York Yankees. The Orioles hovered around .500 for the next four weeks before a 2-8 skid dropped their record to 42-49 after an 8-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs.
The skid fueled speculation Baltimore would deal Britton and others.
The Orioles did otherwise.
They kept Britton, in part because teams were lowballing their offers. They traded for Philadelphia Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson and Tampa Bay Rays infielder Tim Beckham.
The Orioles (56-56) explained the trades simply:
Article source: http://www.foxsports.com/mlb/story/orioles-look-to-continue-surge-vs-angels-080817
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