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Orioles Rumors: Baltimore Still Buyers Despite Slide

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HOUSTON,TX- JULY 07: Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON,TX- JULY 07: Wandy Rodriguez #51 of the Houston Astros throws against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7, 2012 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.(Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Despite losing 17 of their last 25 games, Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is adament the team will still be buyers at the trade deadline, reports Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com.

"We really need to stabilize our pitching, which is what we are looking for," Duquette said in a phone interview with MLB.com Wednesday morning. "We still want to have another pitcher."

While the team has been in on rumors for top-tier starters like Zack Greinke and Cole Hamels, the team's unwillingness to part with top prospects Dylan Bundy and Manny Machado, as well as young starters like Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta, may make a big move a tough proposition. The Orioles have also been tied to Matt Garza, Jason Vargas, Wandy Rodriguez and Clayton Richard. Duquette added that he does not expect the squad to add more than one starter because of the sheer number of other teams looking to acquire help on the mound.

With second basemen Brian Roberts and Robert Andino on the disabled list, the Orioles are also in the market to acquire middle infield depth, but starting pitching remains the team's number one priority.

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Should the Orioles still be buyers at the deadline?

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