Baltimore Orioles vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette made a bevy of trades this summer, yet his team fell short of a playoff spot.
In making those trades, Duquette “traded off a lot of inventory,” according to Rich Dubroff of CSN Baltimore. In just under two months, the O’s made four different trades that resulted in six players being dealt away to other clubs.
Baltimore acquired starting pitcher Scott Feldman and Steve Clevenger from the Chicago Cubs prior to the Trade Deadline, reliever Francisco Rodriguez from Milwaukee, starting pitcher Bud Norris from Houston and Seattle outfielder Michael Morse.
In making those trades, the team lost “pitchers Jake Arrieta and Pedro Strop (Feldman, Clevenger), third baseman Nick Delmonico (Rodriguez), outfielder L.J. Hoes and minor league pitcher Josh Hader (Norris) and outfielder Xavier Avery (Morse),” according to Dubroff.
The team has struggled in the latter rounds of the draft of late, says Dubroff, and this could play a major role in the team’s success in coming years.
No one from the Orioles’ 2009 draft has yet to make the majors, but first-rounder Matt Hobgood made steps this year, and 50th round pitcher Tim Berry is currently in the Arizona Fall League.