Baltimore Orioles: Mike Elias quietly wins big at the trade deadline

A general view of the stadium before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
A general view of the stadium before the game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Red Sox at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on August 23, 2020 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images) /
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The Baltimore Orioles quietly put together an impressive group of trades at the 2020 MLB trade deadline.

You likely won’t find the Baltimore Orioles in any “Trade Deadline Winners” articles over the next day or so, but general manager Mike Elias was able to complete three deals ahead of Monday’s deadline, accomplishing one very important goal, improving the farm system.

Despite a hot start to the season and the thoughts of “what if” creeping into the minds of many fans of the Baltimore Orioles, a playoff spot just isn’t in the cards for the O’s this year, and that’s ok.

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The Orioles are still in the very early stages of a rebuild, but Elias has already been able to find a few diamonds in the rough (Hanser Alberto, Pedro Severino to name a few), make the most of his two draft classes, and has improved his farm system into what many consider a top ten system.

The improvements continued over the weekend and right up to Monday’s 4 pm trade deadline, with Elias making three different trades and bringing in three new prospects immediately into the system and up to four players to be named later in exchange for two relievers and a starting pitcher originally signed in the offseason to a minor league deal who had to compete with names like David Hess and Asher Wojciechowski for a rotation spot.

Let’s take a look at each of these three trades and see why each can be considered a big win for Mike Elias and the Baltimore Orioles.