The Orioles need a few more pieces to complete their puzzle for 2014.
Then again, so does everyone else. Baltimore Orioles GM Dan Duquette acknowledged this fact by admitting that the club could be willing to discuss trading draft picks if it means addressing some areas that were lacking as their push for a second playoff appearance stalled down the stretch.
This is a notable change in approach to the team’s building philosophy Duquette has always held. Building through the farm system. This shift was made evident late last year when the Orioles dealt a competitive balance draft choice to the Houston Astros for pitcher Bud Norris.
That trade happened while the Astros were in Baltimore for a three game series. Norris had only to cross the field to the other club house to consummate the deal.
Said Duquette when in a press conference when asked about his willingness to trade a first rounder for a needed addition. “As a rule, I don’t like to give up draft picks, we’ll have to evaluate ...