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Dan Duquette might butt heads with Peter Angelos on trades

Mar 6, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

Dan Duquette AP

A lot of MLB teams are nervous about trading with teams within their division, but perhaps no club has been quite so paranoid as the Orioles under owner Peter Angelos. The last significant deal they made with an AL East team was in 2006, when they traded reliever Chris Britton to the Yankees for Jaret Wright and $4 million of the $7 million left on his contract.

They haven’t really taken a risk in a deal with an AL East rival since 2000, when they sent disappointing first-round pick Jayson Werth to the Blue Jays for reliever John Bale. Of course, Werth went on to become a star, but not until long after Toronto was done with him.

Fortunately, new GM Dan Duquette isn’t such a believer in avoiding deals within his division. He told WEEI’s Alex Speier today that, ‘If it’s good for our team…not as important who we trade with.”

Now he just needs to convince the guy who has the final say. The Orioles aren’t looking to sell at the moment, but they might be this summer, and they’ll be better off if Duquette is able to consider all offers, especially those that might lure some young talent away from the teams he hopes to overtake a couple of years down the road.

  1. drewsylvania - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:23 PM

    Which is why nobody wanted the job.

  2. The Baseball Idiot - Mar 6, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Yeah, I”ll bet he doesn’t.

  3. lessick - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:00 PM

    On June 15, 1976, the Orioles traded Doyle Alexander, Jimmy Freeman, Elrod Hendricks, Ken Holtzman and Grant Jackson to the Yankees. Of that group, none contributed much to the Yankees. Well, Alexander had a good end to ’76 but he left via free agency.

    The Orioles got back Tippy Martinez, Rick Dempsey, Rudy May, Scott McGregor and Dave Pagan. Rudy May won 18 games the following season and was flipped to the Expos for Gary Roenicke, Joe Kerrigan and Don Stanhouse. By 1979, Martinez, Dempsey, McGregor, Roenicke and Stanhouse were key players on a team that won the AL pennant. Oh, but you wouldn’t want to trade within your own division, would you?

  4. jason1214 - Mar 6, 2012 at 7:44 PM

    Earth to Dan….you are GM to the most meddling owner in MLB…good luck with that.

  5. rjostewart - Mar 6, 2012 at 9:14 PM

    When Duke was GM of the Red Sox, he traded Mike Stanley to the Yankees for a PTBNL and Tony Armas Jr…

    …who was flipped that next offseason to Montreal along with Carl Pavano for Pedro Martinez.

    So yeah, he’s not shy about trading within the division.

  6. jason1214 - Mar 6, 2012 at 10:46 PM

    Duke is right though, in division or not you should make trades that are good for your team.

  7. atworkident - Mar 7, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Inept Owner meet Inept GM…

  8. tomtravis76 - Mar 7, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    If Dan can somehow work Angelos into a trade to anyone in the world, he would be served the daughter of Cal Ripken on a silver platter.

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