January 19, 2021

The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Baltimore Orioles (Baseball Essential)


To say that the last 10 years have been difficult for Baltimore Orioles fans would be the understatement of the century. The team’s 2014 American League Championship Series appearance is one of the few highlights of the last decade. Since losing the Wild Card play-in game in 2016, the franchise has floundered and quickly become the laughing stock of the league.

The Chris Davis contract, the loss of superstar shortstop Manny Machado, and a humiliating 115-loss season in 2018 have brought much pain and suffering to a fiercely loyal and passionate Orioles fan base, but the troubles go much deeper than that.

Over the next several weeks Baseball Essential will be doing a series on the best and worst trade every team in Major League Baseball has made over the last decade. Here is the best and worst trade the Baltimore Orioles have made since 2010.

The Best Trade the Baltimore Orioles Have Made Since 2010: Baltimore Acquires Chris Davis and Tommy Hunter from the Texas Rangers for Koji Uehara (July 30, 2011)

Nine years later, this trade doesn’t appear to be a positive one for the Orioles. Uehara, an aging late-inning reliever at the time, went on to become a masterful closer…

Read “The Best and Worst Trade of the Decade for the Baltimore Orioles” at Baseball Essential