Orioles taking Trade Deadline in stride
Veterans know they could be moved to other teams
BALTIMORE -- As Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline approached, Orioles manager Dave Trembley spoke openly Monday about his players' attitudes toward the possibility that they may not be in a Baltimore uniform much longer.
Though he made no hints toward any moves, Trembley admitted that all of the players on his team, particularly the veterans, understand that during this time of year, anything can happen.
"I honestly believe, and I'm sure if you ask them they would tell you this, they've all been through it before," Trembley said. "It's not like they are the new kid on the block. They understand that this is the way it is. It is part of this time of the year."
With it clear the Orioles are surging forward with a youth movement, both within the pitching rotation and in the lineup, the possibility that some of the older guys on the roster may be traded is out there.
The team's most recent dealing came July 21, when infielder Oscar Salazar was traded to San Diego in exchange for pitcher Cla Meredith. Meredith went 4-2 in 35 games this season for the Padres, and has pitched just 1 2/3 innings for the Orioles.
Meredith is the 16th player to make his Baltimore debut this season, and said the transition with his new club has been a smooth one.
"I was pumped up the first time I heard about the trade," Meredith said. "It's nice to get back to the East Coast, a little closer to home, and so far everybody in the clubhouse -- the players and the staff -- have been great to me, so that certainly makes the transition a little easier."
As far as some of the guys that have been with the Orioles longer than a week, Trembley said each player deals with it a certain way, but that they all agree that it's something that's out of their hands.
Two of those guys are Aubrey Huff and Melvin Mora. Huff is in the middle of his third season with the Orioles and has been in the Major Leagues since 2000, the same year Mora joined the Orioles.
"I can't speak for any of them," Trembley said. "I am sure some handle it differently and some handle better than others. But to a man, the guys I have talked to basically give the same response. You can't do anything about it and you can't control it, so why put yourself through a lot of worry because of it? You really can't do anything about it. Don't let it distract you."
Brian Eller is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.