Well the MLB trade deadline has officially passed and despite the massive rumors going around Charm City, the Orioles have once again not made a move at the deadline. The biggest rumors swirling around regarded Phillies pitcher Joe Blanton and it often looked like he would be coming to Baltimore but it never panned out, apparently due to money issues. Personally I am at least happy that we didn’t trade for Blanton because I don’t think that he would have really added much to the team that we didn’t have already and we would have had to give up value from a farm system that lacks a lot of that right now.
Every once in a while ESPN.com comes out with their updated rankings of each organization and the minor leagues as a whole. Because players are constantly moving in and out of the minors to the majors it is a very superfluous situation and therefore the rankings are always changing. Keith Law is the head of these rankings for ESPN and he has been doing this for years so I trust his rankings as much as anybodys but in his most updated version he has the Orioles phenom SP Dylan Bundy ranked 1st and SS Manny Machado ranked 3rd out of the entire minor league system.