The Baltimore Orioles, who are on the lookout for another outfielder, are interested in Milwaukee Brewers‘ Carlos Gomez and San Diego Padres‘ Justin Upton, according to Ken Rosenthal and Jon Morosi of FoxSports.com.
Upton, 27, was put on #HugWatch after getting removed from today’s game, but it turned out to be because of tightness in his lower back.
When he is on the field, Upton is one of the better outfielders in the game. He isn’t known for his defense, but he makes up for it at the plate. He is hitting only .252, but he has hit 15 home runs to go along with 49 RBI in 89 games played. Since 2009, Upton has hit at least 17 home runs every season and is more than capable of hitting 25 or more in a season.
After the season, Upton is scheduled to hit free agency and he is likely to land a deal near or above $200 million.
Gomez, 29, is having an okay year at the plate after coming off of three straight stellar seasons. In 64 games played this season, he has hit .267 to go along with eight home runs and 41 RBI.
Of all the players on the Brewers that are available for trade, Gomez is one of the likeliest to get dealt. He is a capable hitter and solid defender that is signed cheaply through the 2016 season.
In order for a deal to go through, the Orioles would have to part with top-of-the-line prospects and it is unclear whether or not they would be willing to do so.
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