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Should the Orioles trade Mychal Givens?

July 30, 2019 - 7:43 am
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By Austin Medina  

Less than 36 hours away from the trade deadline, the Orioles still have some decisions to make.

Players such as Trey Mancini and Jonathan Villar have drastically improved their trade stock. But is it smart to trade two players who can help expedite Baltimore’s rebuild?

After trading Andrew Cashner to the Red Sox, the Orioles may have just one more move to actually make; trade closer Mychal Givens.

Givens’ ERA may indicate a weaker trade alternative, but his talent goes beyond the runs he has allowed. In 41.2 innings logged, Givens has struck out 57 batters and just 32 hits.

Command has proven to be a weakness of Givens, as he has allowed 10 home runs and walked 19 batters. His strikeouts have grown consistent with innings pitcher, but the walks have seen a slight improvement. In the previous three seasons combined, Givens walked 91 batters.

There are many teams that can take a chance on Givens and work with the immeasurable talent he possesses. In a pitcher-friendly ball park, such as AT&T Park, Givens can perhaps thrive. His ability to generate ground balls led to his 2.75 ERA in 2017 and would work wonders in a pitcher-friendly ball park.

Many National League teams are in desperate need of bullpen help. Teams such as the Phillies and Nationals can use a talented arm with two more years of arbitration. The Orioles should look to trade Givens and add to their farm system.

 

Givens is just 29 and has the talent to help a playoff team. His career-best 12.9 strikeouts per nine innings just might land the Orioles a legit prospect in return. Time will tell but with the trade deadline approaching at 4 pm Wednesday, time is running out.