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The Baltimore Orioles had little success against the Toronto Blue Jays this season.So [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-roberto-perez-jersey]Roberto Perez Jersey[/url] , it seemed fitting their AL East rival handed them a record-setting loss.The Blue Jays beat the Orioles 6-4 on Tuesday night. Baltimore dropped its 108th game, setting a record for most losses in Orioles history. The overall franchise record for defeats is 111 by the 1939 St. Louis Browns.Article continues below ...Toronto can complete a three-game sweep Wednesday at Camden Yards.“I’ve got too many things and people depending on me to do certain things between now and the end of the season,” Orioles manager Buck Showalter said about the losses. “I think because it’s unpleasant to wrap around, probably I’m as guilty as anybody of staying tunnel vision about what we’re doing every day trying to do what’s best.”The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have also struggled throughout the season. However, Toronto has found a way to consistently beat the Orioles, going 14-4 against their AL East rival.Toronto is using the final stretch of the season to get an extended look at some young players. Manager John Gibbons has been impressed with the overall talent, especially catchers Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire, first baseman Rowdy Tellez, shortstop Richard Urena, second baseman Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and pitcher Aaron Sanchez.“There’s something I like in all of them, there really is,” Gibbons said. “Go down the line, I like what both of the young catchers are doing, though it gets tougher from here on out. I’m excited about Tellez.“I think Richie Urena is just scratching the surface. I think Gurriel is starting to come into his own [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-eddie-robinson-jersey]Eddie Robinson Jersey[/url] , figuring some things out. Those are the really young guys. And like everybody else, I’m curious to see where Sanchy goes with the finger stuff. So, yeah, stay tuned.”Marco Estrada, who last pitched in New York on Friday, will start the finale. Estrada (7-12, 5.75 ERA) wasn’t scheduled to pitch until Thursday but he threw only 55 pitches in his last outing against the Yankees, allowing eight runs and six hits over 2 2/3 innings.Estrada is 9-2 with a 3.55 ERA in 18 appearances (16 starts) against Baltimore.“It’s been about as bad as it can get,” Estrada said after the setback against the Yankees. “I’m struggling out there and it’s not fun. I need to figure it out, get things going in the right direction. If not, take care of everything this offseason and get ready for next year.”The Orioles still have not named a starter for Wednesday because several pitchers are sidelined with injuries. Alex Cobb is dealing with a blister and Andrew Cashner has a knee injury. Rookie Luis Ortiz injured his hamstring during his first major league start Friday and is shut down for the year.“It will be predicated on how we get through the night,” Showalter said.Baltimore has 11 games remaining in the 2018 season and the franchise can continue building toward the future. The players are ready to put this season behind and begin with a clean slate starting in 2019.“It’s frustrating to say the least,” said first baseman Chris Davis, who is having the worst season of his professional career. “Once we hit 100, it was just kind of like, I don’t know. I mean [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-matt-belisle-jersey]http://ww... , I honestly had no words for it. It was embarrassing, it was frustrating. It’s one of those things you never want to be associated with. At the same time, you’ve got to learn how to turn the page and start somewhere. Why not start now? I mean, I’m not sure where we’re headed, but at some point you’ve got to change it up, I guess.” The Baltimore Orioles possess one of the most coveted trade targets even after the Manny Machado deal.Since they are stuck in the American League East cellar, the Orioles are expected to be one of the top sellers as the MLB trade deadline approaches.With Machado offloaded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for five prospects, the focus has shifted toward reliever Zach Britton, who is the most talked about available player on the market.While it appears Britton will be dealt before the trade deadline, there are other players mentioned in trade discussions who will be harder to move because of the high demand their teams expect in return.One of the most intriguing teams on the trade market could be the New York Mets, who sit 13 games out of first place in the National League East and have some pitchers who could help out contenders at the right price.Below is a look at the latest buzz surrounding the top players on the trade market as play resumes after the All-Star break. Interest in Britton Heating UpBritton's potential landing spot could dictate the remaining market for pitchers, just like Machado's trade to the Dodgers affected position players.Among the teams interested in the services of the reliever are the Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves, per Fancred's Jon Heyman.The list of potential destinations for Britton will continue to grow in the coming days, especially after Brad Hand was traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Adam Cimber [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-mike-napoli-jersey]Mike Napoli Jersey[/url] , as The Athletic's Jim Bowden noted on CBS Sports HQ.Ben Margot/Associated Press"All the teams that lost out on Hand are going to take their attention and put it on Zach Britton," Bowden said.Bowden mentioned the Houston Astros, Cubs and Yankees as the teams with the most interest in the 30-year-old reliever.There have been concerns expressed about Britton's health because he is coming off an Achilles injury, but he's proved in his recent outings that he is back to full strength.Since Britton is the top name on the wishlists of many contenders, the Orioles could drive up the price in order to get the maximum return.Each of the teams mentioned above is in need of a bullpen upgrade, and although Britton may have a steeper price tag than other relievers, he'd be worth the risk.DeGrom, Syndergaard Generating Interest, But Mets Setting High Price TagBritton's price tag may be considered cheap compared to what the Mets want in exchange for starting pitchers Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard.According to James Wagner of theNew York Times,teams have made calls to the Mets about the pair of starters, but the asking price is steep:James Wagner ByJamesWagnerHearing more of the same re: Mets at the trade deadline. Teams have called on Jacob deGrom amp;amp; Noah Syndergaard, but Mets most interested in elite prospects (close to the majors) and/or MLB players.The Mets are looking for a similar return as the San Diego Padres got for Hand. The Padres received top prospect Francisco Mejia, who is at Triple-A and should make an impact in the majors soon.However, bringing in a top-notch prospect or an MLB player will be difficult since the teams expected to dive into the starting pitcher market don't have a ton of that at their disposal.Of the two starters mentioned, deGrom should be coveted more because of the season he's producing despite the Mets' struggles.The NL All-Star carries a 1.68 ERA and 149 strikeouts with his 5-4 record, and he's also given up 23 earned runs in 123.1 innings.Frank Franklin II/Associated PressIn his first start back from the disabled list July 13 [url=http://www.indiansfanproshop.com/authentic-carlos-baerga-jersey]Carlos Baerga Jersey[/url] , Syndergaard conceded seven hits and one earned run in five innings.If he puts together another solid start or two before the trade deadline, Syndergaard's stock could rise.Trading either one of their star pitchers would be a difficult decision for the Mets no matter how impressive the package presented to them by a contender is.If they think they can get the right deal for deGrom or Syndergaard before the trade deadline, the Mets should pursue it, but there's always the possibility of making a deal in the offseason as well. Brewers Looking At Dozier After Missing Out On MachadoWith the Machado sweepstakes over, the focus of some contenders remains on infielders.The Milwaukee Brewers, who are looking for upgrades in the middle of the infield, are looking at Brian Dozier among others to fill their need, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal:Ken Rosenthal Ken_RosenthalAmong the players the #Brewers are expected to target now that they have lost Machado: #Twins 2B Brian Dozier. Team also will explore pitching upgrades as well.Adding a middle infielder with a strong bat would provide balance to Milwaukee's order and patch up a key hole on the field for the team fighting for the NL Central title alongside the Cubs.Although Dozier is hitting .230, he has 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 93 games, and he's hit at least 28 home runs in each of his last three seasons.Bringing in extra power to a lineup that already includes Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Jesus Aguilar would add another dimension to the Brewers lineup.If they aren't able to bring in Dozier, the Brewers need to make some sort of upgrade in order to keep pace with the Cubs, who possess one of the best lineups in the NL. Follow Joe on Twitter, JTansey90Statistics obtained from Baseball Reference

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