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Orioles trade rumors: Team still seeks pitching

This wouldn't be the first time in recent years the team acquired pitching at the trade deadline.

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The Baltimore Orioles are once again looking to add pitching at the trade deadline, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Duquette on non-waiver trade deadline: &quot;Our pitching we&#39;re looking to upgrade for sure.&quot; Said starter or reliever <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orioles?src=hash">#orioles</a></p>&mdash; Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) <a href="https://twitter.com/masnRoch/status/618483528997707776">July 7, 2015</a></blockquote>

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Over the past couple of seasons, the Orioles and their front office have shown a willingness to bring in arms to help them make the playoff push.

Just one year ago, they moved young starter Eduardo Rodriguez in order to acquire reliever Andrew Miller, who helped strengthen their bullpen core. In 23 games for the Orioles in 2014, Miller pitched to the tune of a 1.35 ERA down the stretch.

Scott Feldman and Bud Norris have also been acquired by the front office in recent memory, and is another reminder that they've targeted starting pitching to help their rotation.

This year, the Orioles have gotten good starts from Ubaldo Jimenez, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez, but Kevin Gausman has been up and down, and Norris and Chris Tillman have struggled. While the Orioles do have internal options, it might be in their best interests to go and acquire outside help before the deadline passes.

It's unlikely that Cole Hamels or Johnny Cueto are going to wind up in Baltimore, as they each will have an extraordinarily high price tag. With this current front office's history, someone like Scott Kazmir, Mike Fiers, or Andrew Cashner seem much more realistic.

The bullpen is less of a concern, as they rank sixth in reliever ERA, anchored by late-inning arms Zach Britton and Darren O'Day. Others, such as Brad Brach, Chaz Roe and Brian Matusz have provided quality numbers this year, which will allow their GM Dan Duquette to focus on other areas.