BALTIMORE—Five days from now, the nonwaiver trade deadline passes, and Buck Showalter, as he always does, says he tries not to let it preoccupy him.
Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette regularly briefs Showalter on trade talks.
“Dan, he’s brought a couple of things to me, nothing that seemed imminent,” Showalter said.
“It’s kind of cold,” Showalter says of the process. “Players know how inaccurate a lot of it is.”
Showalter says that there’s “not much” effect on players. “Way blown out of proportion, especially on a club like ours. You don’t become insensitive to it.”
There are times when he’s talked with players about it, but generally players recognize the reality that when there’s talk, there’s often not a trade.
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“A lot of them kind of say, ‘I like the fact that my name’s been talked about. Somebody might covet me,’’’ Showalter said.
Showalter doesn’t publicly address the Orioles’ needs at the trading deadline. He doesn’t want to upset his current players.
“You won’t hear me say: ‘We need this. We have got to have this.’ We have somebody in there trying to fill that role. So what kind of a reflection is that on them?” Showalter said.
“Anything that makes players feel like pieces of meat being moved around, I’m not on it.”
While the Orioles continue to pursue a starting pitcher, Showalter says that he’s not afraid of making a move.
“Dan and the organization have shown that they’ll go for it, if it’s right,” Showalter said.