Orioles Follow Through on Full Rebuild

Vinny & Haynie
July 31, 2018 - 5:29 pm

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By Tim Barbalace

Actions speak louder than words.  Dan Duquette has repeatedly said in past weeks that the Orioles are undergoing a rebuild.  Today illustrated that.

It was expected that the Orioles would unload most of their pending free agents, which the team did as Manny Machado, Zach Britton and Brad Brach were dealt.  It was unknown how far the team would go in tearing down the roster, but it appears no one is safe. 

Darren O'Day and Kevin Gausman were traded to the Braves in exchange for four prospects and international signing bonus slot money.  O'Day will miss the rest of the season as he recovers from surgery on his hamstring, but he is under contract through 2019.  Gausman remains under Atlanta club control through 2020.

The Brewers acquired Jonathan Schoop in exchange for Jonathan Villar and two prospects.  Schoop was someone that some Orioles fans speculated could be a player to build around, but he is only under control through next season.  It would not have made sense to commit significant long-term money during what is expected to be a multi-year rebuild.

Overall, Baltimore dealt six prominent players, who were all apart of the past four seasons, for 15 players and $2.75 million in international signing bonus slot money.  The Orioles are going all in on a full-rebuild, which is necessary.

There are still other moves that can be made even though the non-waiver trade deadline has passed.  Adam Jones, if he waives his 10-5 rights, and Mark Trumbo are candidates that could clear waivers and subsequently be traded before the August 31st deadline.  The team could also explore trades during the offseason regarding multiple players.

It will take years to figure out how the Orioles fared in these deals, but you have to appreciate the fact that the team has a clear direction.  The O's were not just talking about undergoing a rebuild; they followed through.