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Sitting in dead last in the American League East with a 21-45 record, the Baltimore Orioles are in the middle of another woeful season in 2019 and could be in for a lot more if they don't do something about the state of their farm system,
Luckily, the club has the right kind of veteran talent to flip for high-upside prospects at the trade deadline and accelerate what figures to be a long and frustrating rebuild in Baltimore.
With that in mind, here are three Orioles players that could have a new home by the MLB Trade Deadline.
3. Mychal Givens, RP
Mychal Givens lost the closer role thanks to a string of poor performances when called upon to shut the door. However, that may have been the best thing to happen to him. The 27-year-old righty has allowed just one earned run and struck out 6 in the 2 2/3 innings he's pitched before being removed from the ninth inning. He won't bring in a king's ransom if he's shipped out of Baltimore, but bullpen arms are highly valued by contenders and net a pretty solid return more often than not.
2. Jonathan Villar, MI
Jonathan Villar has put together a solid year in Baltimore so far. If he keeps it up, he could be a pretty attractive trade piece once the deadline rolls around. The 28-year-old infielder is slashing .256/.314/.409 with 24 extra-base hits (seven homers), 26 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 2019. Villar's bat won't be suited for a full-time role on a contending team, but his speed on the base paths and defensive versatility could make him a solid bench piece for a team in need of infield depth.
1. Trey Mancini, 1B/OF
Trey Mancini is, by far, the most valuable trade chip the Orioles have. The 27-year-old outfielder is enjoying a career year in 2019, slashing .298/.352/.536 with 13 homers and 32 RBI. Mancini is the kind of impact bat with positional versatility that many contenders look for around the trade deadline. If dealt to the right team, Mancini could bring in a solid enough return to accelerate Baltimore's rebuild.
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