The Baltimore Orioles enter their three-game series with the visiting Atlanta Braves at 48-49, which isn't what most fans expected at this point in the season. The MLB Trade Deadline is on Friday, and thanks to the second wildcard, the O's are in an odd and difficult position.
Baltimore is currently seven games back in the AL East, which would normally prompt a team to be sellers at the trade deadline, especially when you consider the fact that Baltimore is under .500 97 games into the season.
Despite being seven games out in the division, the O's are just 3 1/2 games behind in the race for the second wildcard, which is currently held by the Minnesota Twins.
Only 3 1/2 games out of a playoff spot would normally justify being buyers at the MLB Trade Deadline, right?
So what do the Orioles do? That's for the team to decide, but it won't be easy.
The easiest thing to do would be to wait and see where they stand after their upcoming three-game series against the Braves. After all, that would still leave them two days to make deals either as a buyer or a seller, but that's also risky because of how the trade market could fluctuate as teams make deals over the next three days.Read more... Join the Conversation...