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Orioles stand pat at deadline

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The Baltimore Orioles decided the current roster is OK and the future of the organization is even more promising.

That's the message the front office sent Tuesday when it opted not to make a deal before the non-waiver trade deadline.

The club was said to be seeking a starting pitcher, third baseman and relief pitcher.

Reports both Monday and Tuesday indicated the Orioles and Philadelphia Phillies were in talks to complete a trade that would send right-hander Joe Blanton to Baltimore. The deal was said to revolve around Blanton and a series of Orioles prospects. Ultimately, the Orioles declared the rotation would be better off without Blanton than the farm system would be without the reported prospects -- said to include infielder Jonathan Schoop, according to multiple reports.

Baltimore's top prospects -- right-hander Dylan Bundy and shortstop Manny Machado -- were off limits. As it turned out, Schoop was close to it, too.

Blanton, 31, would have also brought with him about $3 million in salary for the remainder of the season. He'd also be translating a 4.59 ERA to the American League East.

The Orioles may be able to add a veteran to the rotation in August, if another team is looking to make a salary dump, but Baltimore may be just as well off in keeping with its younger starters as long as they'll continue to perform.

Tuesday's starter, Chris Tillman, wasn't entirely effective, but he pitched well enough to lead the Orioles to an 11-5 win over the Yankees. Baltimore has won the first two games of the three-game series at Yankee Stadium, climbing within 5 1/2 games of AL East-leading New York.
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