So I know that every single person has a different perspective about the trade deadline. Do we stay pat with what we have and pray that we resign Manny and keep trying to compete? Do we have a firesale and trade everybody? My question is why cant we be sellers at the trade deadline, but still keep a core together that is ready to hopefully compete next year?
The first question that needs to be answered is can we resign Manny? If the question is no then he needs to be traded. If the answer is yes or maybe, then chances are Adam Jones will most likely not be signing an extension with Manny, so here's my idea.
Manny Machado or Adam Jones - If Manny will not be signing an extension you trade Manny and try to lock up Jones to an extension. If you think you can resign Manny, I'm trading Jones for prospects)
Wellington Castillo - May be the best catcher on the trade market at the deadline, should be able to get a really good haul for him.
Seth Smith - He's a free agent after this year, just get what you can for him. A guy with a 105 OPS+, a .316 OBP, and 14 HR's will probably be valued more then we think.
Zach Britton - I just have a hard time believing that the O's are going to pony up what it's going to take to resign him. If they think they are then I'm keeping him, I'm trading him because I don't think they're resigning him, and we could get a really good haul for him. If he comes out the first 2 weeks after the all-star break and looks normal, noone will even think about the injury I don't think.
Darren O'Day - We have to trade some of our relievers to stock up the farm system, which means that in addition to Britton, I think that either O'Day or Brach needs to go also. If there is anything that this team has been CONSISTENTLY good at over the years, it's finding relievers. O'Day off the scrap heap, Brach off the scrap heap, Givens a converted infielder, I think Miguel Castro could be the real deal. Trade 2 of your relievers and stock up that farm.
Next Years Core
Adam Jones or Manny Machado
Chris Tillman (I think he resigns on a prove it deal)
That core, if they play to their standards (which most of them aren't this year) with a couple additions around them could still compete next year, I think. If Bundy, Gausman, and Tillman pitch like we all expected them to this year, if Davis and Trumbo play a little more to how they're supposed to play, and if we add just a little bit around them.
I think that we can restock the minor league cupboard by trading those players, without having to hit the reset button for the next 5 years.......