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September 3, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Breaking Down August's Buzzer-Beating Trades

by Ben Lindbergh, Jason Cole, Nick J. Faleris and Chris Mellen


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Traded Triple-A OF-L Xavier Avery to Seattle for OF/IB/DH-R Mike Morse. [8/31]


The Orioles have been among the most active teams on the trade market this season, but as far as fixing a glaring weakness goes, this deal might be their best yet. Baltimore ranks ninth in the AL in TAv, largely because the team has hit only .248/.294/.406 against left-handed pitching. Morse does nothing to address their primary offensive flaw—the lowest walk rate of any team but the Brewers—but he can punish southpaws.

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