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Trading/not trading is likely (MUCH) more nuanced than anything/everything you hear in the press. And I don't think the O's interests would be served by having DD announce to the public: "we'd LOVE to make a trade. Hey GMs, call me. I'm open for business, and slightly desperate!"

Which may be a reason why they raised everyone's expectations about Manny returning before facing the music. I'm sure DD did not want to deal with GMs who knew Manny wouldn't be returning.

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Which may be a reason why they raised everyone's expectations about Manny returning before facing the music. I'm sure DD did not want to deal with GMs who knew Manny wouldn't be returning.

If we were going to go out and try and deal for someone like Beltre, GM's realize MM was not coming back. This is our first time in a long time we have a chance at a WS. Go get Beltre.

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Here are some other options that might pass through waivers:

Daniel Nava - he had a horrible start to the season but he's heated up to the tune of a 90 OPS+. Two problems... trading with Boston again could come back to bite the team, and Nava is cheap and controlled for a while so they might ask for something nice in return. Nava is a switch hitter but has a career .810 OPS vs RHP.

Adam Dunn - he's a FA after this season and there's only a fraction of the $15 mil left the White Sox owe him. He's, well, he's Adam Dunn. Y'all know what he does.

Alejandro De Aza - another White Sock that will be a FA. He doesn't have Dunn's bat but he is a legit OF who can cover CF. Career .275/.337/.409 vs RHP.

Grady Sizemore - our buddy Grady is batting .301 with a 115 OPS+ in Philly.

Luis Valbuena - we're getting a good look at him now. He's entering arbitration years and is having a career year (106 OPS+), and plays 3B. The Cubbies have a ton of talent waiting in the wings so they may be willing to deal him.

Will Venable - having a miserable season with the bat but like De Aza, he's a legit OF glove that can cover CF and he's a FA end of the year. All we need is a hot streak, not an all-star.

Justin Morneau - OK so this one's a stretch. He's signed through 2015 with a $9 mil option for 2016 and it's the $$$ that would allow him to pass through. But I'm guessing Colorado won't trade the man who is on pace to be the NL batting champ.

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As for external options, Duq said it's a very limited pool at this point. Said team has won without Manny as guys have stepped up.

-- Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) August 23, 2014

Just don't see us doing anything crazy. We usually just use the guys we got or acquire some kind of AAAA type player.

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And the guys the O's would be sending to the other teams?

Prospects like Bundy and Harvey etc. Isn't that the idea? Sell the farm out of panic in order to somehow insure you get to the WS? TEX is about the only team with a top 3B that would want ML players. Bundy, Harvey, and Walker for Wright.

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