MLB Rumors: Rival Exec Expects Orioles To Sell Valuable Assets

The Baltimore Orioles won't be making the playoffs in the American League East anytime soon. They're clearly in a major rebuild, but as noted by MLB Insider Buster Olney, their "youth movement", as of now, sees a major league roster with no one younger than the age of 25 (yes, Adley Rutschman and Grayson Rodriguez are on the way sometime soon!).

Meanwhile, despite the presence of some established fan favorites, the fans aren't really anywhere to be seen. Their home attendance is 23rd in the majors.

"Sell," a rival exec told Olney. "Nobody's really going to the games, anyway. They're committed to the future, they're tanking, and they should follow through with the plan."

Some of the names on the list of valuable trade assets include Cedric Mullins, Trey Mancini and Austin Hays. As Olney writes, "when the Orioles turn the corner, it stands to reason that (those three) will not be on the roster." In other words, get while the getting's good. 

Mullins is 27, had a 30-30 season (HR:SB) last year, and his market value will never be higher. Trey Mancini is 30, and although he's an Orioles' mainstay and beloved by the Baltimore faithful, he, too, will only see diminishing returns if the O's wait too long to make a move. 

The Orioles are currently 15-24, last in the AL East, with the 3rd-worst record in the American League. 

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