ANAHEIM, Calif. — With the
“There’s two thoughts about it,” Showalter said before the Orioles’ series opener against the
The Orioles entered Monday leading by three games over the
Showalter said he regularly is in contact with Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette, but said only one specific name has been mentioned to him as a possible acquisition.
"It just depends on the day," Showalter said. "Today we talked about something, not a player. I think he'd brought up one player's name to me, but I think Dan's in tune and wired to everything that might be out there and, more importantly, the cost to get it. What's the price, not only financially, but I think more importantly, the way we look at it, what it takes away from us — here or below [in the minor leagues]."
The Orioles have been active near the trade deadline in recent years. Last season, they acquired right-hander
And with potential trade partners still asking for top prospects that the Orioles aren't willing to deal at this point, that's something that Showalter said will change as the deadline draws closer.
"There's a little bit of poker being played," Showalter said. "I don't dwell on it too much because I like our people, and I don't like the idea … of giving up somebody who fits where we are and where we're going."