Oriole untouchables heading into 2019 Trade Deadline
The Baltimore Orioles and the rest of MLB are celebrating the All-Star Break, whether it be in Cleveland or at home.
Last season the Orioles traded star and fan-favorite, Manny Machado, right after he represented the organization in All-Star Game. After the All-Star Game, the Orioles traded several other players, all in hopes of jump starting a massive rebuild.
This season seems no different. The Orioles may not have stars like Machado, Jonathan Schoop, or Zack Britton to trade, but they still have solid players.
The Orioles also have a young roster of players that are under team control for the near future. Here are a few players that I think should be untouchable for the Orioles.
John Means: Means is the Orioles sole All-Star representative, and he is well deserving. Means is 7-4 with a 2.50 ERA and is the first Orioles All-Star starting pitcher since Chris Tillman. Means is 25 years old and is not up for arbitration until 2022 and not a free agent until 2025. The big lefty has a great arsenal of pitches, including a changeup that fools most batters. The Orioles’ biggest need is starting pitching, and he is a stud. Means could very well be a piece in the starting rotation for the future.
Renato Nunez: Nunez is the Orioles’ best power hitter right now and is sitting at 20 home runs at the All-Star Break. Nunez is an infielder and DH, who needs to improve his defense but is serviceable. Nunez is not a free agent until 2025 and has pure pull power. Nunez simply is under contract for too long and still has a lot of upside for the Orioles to trade.
Hanser Alberto: Alberto is proven to be a great contact hitter, holding a batting average well over .300 all season. Alberto has not had any long slumps and brings a lot of energy to the ballpark. Alberto is solid defensively and is not a free agent until 2023, so I do not see the Orioles dealing him any time soon.
Chance Sisco: Sisco was one of the Orioles’ top prospects and was an early disappointment, but the lefty catcher had a great spring and still started the season in the minors. The poor start to his career seems to have just been a learning experience for Sisco, having been more than solid since being recalled to the majors. Sisco has a .283 batting average and has belted six home runs in 19 games so far this season. Sisco’s defense has also been solid. The Orioles may have drafted and signed the best catching prospect in baseball, Adley Rutschman, but every team needs two catchers. Sisco is under team control until 2025 and has his stock rising every time he steps in the box.
Anthony Santander: Santander is young at just 24 years old and can play all three outfield positions effectively. Santander has been hitting the ball well since being recalled from Triple-A Norfolk. Right now Santander has a .274 average with four home runs in 28 games. Santander is not a free agent until 2024. The Orioles have young talent in Santander, and I think he will stay on this rebuilding team.
Bonus Untouchable Prospects: Grayson Rodrigez, Adley Rutschman, Ryan Mountcastle, DL Hall, and Yusiel Diaz are the Orioles’ top prospects. There is zero chance the Orioles will include them in a deal any time soon.
Probably Untouchable: Trey Mancini is the Orioles’ clubhouse leader and one of their best players. Mancini is not a free agent until 2023, and the return for Mancini would have to be massive for the Orioles to part ways with him.