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July 23, 2017

Nearly everyone of consequence in the bullpen (Zach Britton, Brad Brach, Darren O’Day) as well as platoon outfielder Seth Smith are on the block. Baseball’s recent volatility and unpredictability (the Rockies, Diamondbacks, Brewers, Yankees and Twins are all winning faster than expected this year, to name a few examples), combined with Manny Machado’s walk year being next season, looks like it will prompt the O’s to deal away replaceable players, while keeping their core intact for a possible run in 2018.

In fact, GM Dan Duquette’s latest comments suggest Baltimore might get involved as buyers too. Orioles' starters have the worst ERA in the AL this season and desperately need starting pitching upgrades. Having Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy finally fulfill their potential would help a lot in that department.

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