Orioles righty Darren O’Day had been pitching well enough this season to be counted among Baltimore’s many trade chips, but the hamstring strain he suffered this week could alter that scenario. As MLB.com’s Britt Ghiroli writes, O’Day has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and while the injury won’t require surgery, there’s also no timetable for his return. With just over a month until the July 31 non-waiver deadline, that’s certainly not a promising outlook. Of course, given O’Day’s $8MM salary both this year and next, it’s also possible, if not likely, that he’d clear revocable waivers in August and could be marketed to other clubs that month. In 20 innings for the O’s this season, O’Day has a fairly pedestrian 3.60 ERA but an excellent 27-to-4 K/BB ratio.
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- The Orioles haven’t approached Adam Jones about an extension, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com. Rich Dubroff of PressboxOnline.com tweets that the team also hasn’t asked Jones about the possibility of waiving his 10-and-5 rights that grant him full veto power over trades, either. Jones recently chatted with the Baltimore Sun’s Jon Meoli about the unfamiliar situation in which he finds himself — both as a trade candidate and as an impending free agent.
- Meanwhile, Zach Britton hasn’t exactly been doing much to bolster his trade value of late, blowing a pair of saves in the past week and bloating his ERA to an ugly 7.04. GM Dan Duquette, however, expressed some patience with the once-dominant closer and suggested that other clubs are likely doing the same (via Kubatko). “I think Zach needs to pitch a little bit,” said Duquette. “He didn’t have the benefit of the spring training period, so I think he needs to pitch a little bit for clubs to take a look at him and for him to get back to his previous high level.” I took a look at Britton’s trade candidacy last week, exploring the myriad reasons that his actual trade value may not line up with his name value.
- The Sun’s Eduardo A. Encina was among those to speak with Britton following his most recent blown save, and the closer was blunt in expressing his frustration. “I don’t think there’s been a game yet where I’ve felt, ‘OK, that’s it from every pitch,’ so you’ve just got to find a way to get to that point,” Britton told reporters. The lefty spoke at length about the difficulty he’s had in consistently repeating his best delivery as he’s struggled in his return from a surgically repaired Achilles tendon.
- Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com writes that Danny Valencia is likely the one minor league pickup who’s played his way into trade chip status for the Orioles. Valencia swatted his eighth homer last night and is hitting .292/.358/.485 through 193 plate appearances in his second run with the Orioles. Valencia has been slightly tougher on lefties than on righties, but he’s hitting all pitchers quite well this season. Even if his track record against right-handers isn’t as strong as his 2018 output, though, Valencia has long been a thorn in the side of left-handers, hitting them at a .311/.370/.494 clip. As Connolly observes, there are numerous postseason contenders with deficiencies against left-handed pitching (most notably including the Nationals and Brewers). Meoli spoke with Valencia yesterday about his production against right-handers and his strong all-around season. He also spoke with Trey Mancini about Valencia’s positive influence in the clubhouse and work with younger players in 2018.