A new week is going to reheat the same old trade deadline talk. Which players are chips for the Orioles front office, which ones lost their luster.
Who’s more likely to leave and who’s a longshot.
What’s become more evident as Friday approaches, executives ordered to put down their pencils at 4 p.m., is how left-handers Paul Fry and Tanner Scott are most likely to be gone. Pick one.
This is a common expectation within the industry and who am I to argue? They’re bringing the most appeal and there are plenty of clubs seeking relievers.
Both pitchers are under team control for three more seasons. They aren’t breaking any banks. And they offer varying skills that can help a contender.
Scott is more erratic due to his lapses in control, but also has a power arm with a plus-fastball and slider. There’s a high ceiling. There’s also some frustration over the walks, but scouts love his stuff.
Fry hasn’t been the same type of prospect but at one point this season was the best reliever in the bullpen, now challenged by Rule 5 pick Tyler Wells, and earned a shot at closing. He allowed one run with 15 strikeouts in 10 innings in April and four runs with 16 strikeouts in 10 innings in May. Teams batted .176/.282/.176 and .147/.216/.176 in those months. But June was a mess, with seven runs, 12 hits and seven walks in 10…