History of deals involving Orioles at the trade deadline
This trade lands in the "Less Good" category mostly for the ungodly amount of players involved. That's just messy. Plus, all but Jimmy Alexander were major leaguers.
On the positive side, the Orioles landed Martinez, who recorded a 3.46 ERA in 11 years in Baltimore. They did give up two good pieces in Alexander and Jackson, though, so this deal probably netted more negatives overall. The lesson? Never involve 8 major league players in one deal. Especially a deal with a divisional rival.
The Harold Baines
July 29, 1997: The Orioles acquired Harold Baines from the White Sox for a player to be named later (ultimately Juan Bautista).
This was the second time Baines was traded to the Orioles (he also signed or re-signed with Baltimore three times during his career). This one worked out for the O's. Baines hit .291 in 1997, including a .353 batting average in the ALCS against the Indians, though the Orioles lost that series.
July 29, 2000: The Orioles acquired Jason Lakman, Juan Figueroa, Miguel Felix and Brook Fordyce from the White Sox for Harold Baines and Charles Johnson.
By this time, the Orioles probably just dealt Baines out of habit. This deal, involving few players of significance, was the fourth time the O's had been involved in a trade including Baines and their second deadline deal involving the veteran.
So what can we learn from all of this? For one, the Orioles rarely make mistakes at the deadline, though they sometimes save those mistakes for the rest of the year.
Also, don't be surprised if Harold Baines comes out of retirement this week just so the Orioles can trade for him.