Not even promising minor league relievers--two 24 -year-olds who did great in A-ball last year. Whoopee! I'm surprised we couldn't give them that. (Then again, I don't know if Doug had any interest in Lopez after we picked up Jeff Suppan.)
Basically, then, the O's wanted to dump Lopez's salary. They did not, under any circumstances, want Mench. After all, they would have to pay Mench. Much better to pay Aubrey Huff more money for more years.