The MLB trade deadline has passed, but we are just now learning some of the major stories as events leading up to it unfolded. One interesting story is the fact both the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles attempted to make major moves before the deadline—but failed.
Obviously the Yankees were looking for help with the unknown status of both Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez. Bryan Hoch of MLB.com says the team failed to finalize any deals:
“I received a lot of different ideas over the course of this Deadline, most of which wouldn’t work, but some had some initial traction,” Cashman said. “We didn’t get anything to lead us to a deal, that’s the bottom line, but we certainly explored it enough. Soriano was the big bat we got, and after that, we were not able to push through anything else.”
The Orioles were big winners by landing Bud Norris and a few other players, but that did not stop them from trying to make more moves. Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com says Baltimore ultimately failed:
“We looked at several players in the market who could help us as hitters, but again, there’s a lot of teams that are still in the race, and wherever we went for the hitters that we thought could help us, there were four or five other teams that were there, as well,” Duquette said.
The Orioles are on fine standing as it is, but it is interesting to hear the Yankees were looking to make more moves. That speaks to the fact the team is not sure how the rest of the season will play out.
Either way nothing came to fruition for these two teams. We’ll see how that impacts them down the stretch.
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