This afternoon, I asked people's feelings on the Jeremy Guthrie trade on Twitter, and from what I got, people hate it. I'm a bit confused why this trade happened now (despite Guthrie's arbitration hearing) and what the team got in return.
That being said, Dan Duquette held a press conference with the local and electronic media this afternoon about the trade. I didn't attend; however, the Orioles.com site, Baltimore Sun, MASN Sports, Camden Chat, & Press Box Online all participated.
Based on what was said, the Orioles could not get any young prospects for Guthrie (that answered a big question on mind); plus, Duquette insinuated that Jason Hammel should be in line for a starting position, and Matt Lindstrom will be a reliever. As well, it's pretty obvious that Duquette believes the moves made today and in the off-season will make the Orioles more competitive.