BALTIMORE — As the Trade Deadline approaches on Friday, Orioles general manager Mike Elias this week will be faced with perhaps the toughest decisions of his tenure yet. Though he’s been very active trading veterans over the past few years, at no point in the Orioles’ rebuild has Elias had such valuable chips at his disposal. And at no point have the Orioles featured so many homegrown stars, the quandary being whether to build around John Means, Cedric Mullins and Trey Mancini or continue dealing from an exalted position with that crop.
The range of potential outcomes is infinite, the arguments for and against plentiful and controversial. But the benefits of leaving the unit intact shine clearly on days like Sunday, when all three contributed to the Orioles’ 5-4 come-from-behind, walk-off win over the Nationals at Oriole Park. Mancini hit one of the O’s three homers in support of Means before Ryan McKenna scored on Ramón Urías’ pinch-hit, walk-off fielder’s choice in the ninth, sealing Baltimore’s first three-game home sweep of its regional rivals in 11 years.
“Overall, today was just a good day,” McKenna said. “We’ve had a lot of close games that toward the end didn’t go our way. Pulling that out going into the off-day, it’s good vibes all around for the team.”
Said manager Brandon Hyde: “That was a fun one.”
It became possible because of the Orioles’ small-ball two-run rally off Nats closer Brad Hand…