Five Players That The Baltimore Orioles Could Be Targeting

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With the trade deadline coming up in two weeks, let’s take a look at some players that could possibly fill some voids on the Baltimore Orioles roster:

Huston Street, RP

Jul 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street (16) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Jul 5, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres relief pitcher Huston Street (16) pitches during the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Perhaps the Orioles biggest hole in the roster is in the bullpen. Although they have received terrific performances from Zach Britton (1.30 ERA) and Darren O’Day (1.11 ERA), some of the other arms have let the team down so far this season. Left-handed pitcher Brian Matusz has a 4.68 ERA in 32.2 innings pitched this season. Their best relief pitcher from last year, Tommy Hunter, lost his role as the closer after blowing three save in the first month and a half of the season.

The Orioles will have to resolve these issues via the trade and one name that has come up a lot (not just this year) is Huston Street. The ten-year veteran has been one of the best closers in the league over the past ten years while playing for three different teams (A’s, Rockies, Padres). He has posted a 1.09 ERA this year while recording 24 saves.

He owns a career 2.87 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and has recorded 20 or more saves eight times, including 37 in 2006 and 35 in 2009. That is production out of the pen that the Orioles can certainly use. Now, they aren’t currently looking to replace closer Zach Britton as he has done a terrific job ever since taking over the closer role. However, Street might just be the missing piece in the Baltimore Orioles roster.

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