08/25/2011 11:49 am ET | Updated Oct 25, 2011

Mike Flanagan Revisited: A 1991 Column By Ken Rosenthal

It's time for the Orioles to conduct their annual midsummer auction of veteran talent. That's how they got rid of Mike Flanagan in the first place. They'd be crazy -- and heartless -- to do it again. Flanagan, 39, already is drawing serious interest in talks with the New York Mets, but manager John Oates indicated last night that he would not endorse a trade unless the club received an overwhelming offer.