With the trade deadline on the horizon, it's time for the Orioles to execute a blockbuster deal with the Washington Nationals. The teams should swap divisions.
The Orioles polished off Philadelphia in the ninth inning on Saturday to guarantee a series victory against the Phightin (Mad) Phils. This comes on the heels of series victories against the Nationals, Braves, and Mets. The Birds' Interleague record stands at 8-3.
Meanwhile, the woeful Nats have engineered consecutive walk-off wins against Toronto as part of a season-best four-game winning streak that includes a series win against the Yankees. The Nats are 5-6 in Interleague play.
So a division trade would be win-win with an edge, of course, to the O's.
Headed into Sunday's games, the O's have the third-highest team batting average in Interleague play (.296) and the third-most runs scored. As Adam Sandler says in The Hanukkah Song, "Not too shabby."
Other O's-related News & Notes:
-The Birds have purchased the contract of first baseman Eric Crozier from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. Crozier is the first-ever Blue Crab signed by the O's. He has spent time with the Indians, Jays, Yankees, Reds, and Red Sox organizations. (See the 2008 Roar from 34 post, "A Visit to Crustacean Nation.")
-Towson University alum and Pasadena, Md.-native Gary Helmick has signed a free-agent contract with the Orioles.
-Former Orioles reliever Chad Bradford continued his minor league rehab assignment in Durham on Saturday, tossing two innings of one-hit baseball. The Moneyball phenom did what he does best, recording ground ball outs during his time on the mound. Bradford's speed regularly rested in the low to mid-70s, with pitches as slow as 63 MPH and topping out at 79 MPH.
Another former Baltimore athlete, this one of the football variety, made an appearance at Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Saturday: Super Bowl Champion Tony Siragusa.