Although the Orioles are focused on adding a starter and a hitter by Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline, they are asking about left-handed relievers in the trade market as well, according to multiple industry sources.
With one of the best bullpens in baseball, adding another lefty appears to be a lesser priority on the Orioles' wish list than the rotation and corner infield/left field, but it also would come more cheaply than their other searches.
Currently, the Orioles have just one lefty reliever on the 25-man roster:
But Patton, who has a 3.07 ERA, is nearly as effective against right-handers (a .238 average), and therefore is more typically used for an inning and not a batter. Before Friday, lefties had 88 at-bats against Patton and righties had 80.
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Executive vice president Dan Duquette continues to talk with myriad teams as Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline approaches.