I think from practically every perspective, it's a pretty illogical trade. Baltimore is basically trading one month of Mike Morse for five years of whatever Xavier Avery. Even if all Avery develops into is a 4th outfielder, there still is a good chance he produces more value on the Mariners than Morse does on the Orioles. Xavier has tons of athleticism, but speed doesn't keep in one in the majors, or even put one there. I see him as a left-handed Rajai Davis.
I think it is a little rough to give up a player as talented as Avery for one month of a slow DH who is hitting .226/.283/.410. But, baseball is full of streaks. I tough hitting stretch is usually followed by a torrid zone. Morse can be a very good hitter and I wouldn't doubt he catches fire for the rest of the year. My prediction is Morse, Hammel, Markakis, and Wieters go on streaks and take us the playoffs
My question is, why DD could have given up nothing two weeks ago for Reynolds, and instead gave up Avery for one month of Morse is beyond me. Duquette made the impression that there wasn't a spot for Reynolds with Valencia in the fold, yet there is a spot for Morse with Betemit and Valencia in the fold?
That being said, there's no question DD has put everything he can into the 2013 Orioles. Whether that strategy turns out to be provide a positive or negative outcome, has yet to be determined. It really becomes all worth it for a playoff appearance. But, if not, he's partially screwed the Orioles' farm system with Hoes, Delmonico, and Avery gone. There will be many holes that need filling over the next few years, with nobody internally to replace them. But, playoff chances can do scary things to people/teams, and there is still hope.