As the trade deadline is drawing nearer, the rumors continue to sizzle. It’s become quite clear that San Diego Padres‘ retooling of their roster in the offseason has not succeeded and they are ready to sell off a number of valuable pieces in order to recoup some of the talent they gave up to get those pieces. One player they are pushing hard to deal is outfielder Justin Upton. The Padres have reportedly discussed trading Upton with the Baltimore Orioles as reported by ESPN’s Jayson Stark.
— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) July 27, 2015
Upton is having a bit of a down year. Unlike his previous years with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Atlanta Braves he has not been as deadly as in years past. He is batting only .251/.330/.429 with 16 home runs and 50 RBIs. He has shown the usual deadly power he is capable of but has been much more streakier this year than in years past. That being said he would still be an upgrade for any team hoping to make a postseason run as all it takes is for him to get hot for an extended period of time and help jolt any lineup to life.
The Orioles are an intriguing trade partner. Upton may not be the main piece they’re after. They stand to lose one of their starting to pitchers to free agency so they may want to do a deal that also includes Padres’ pitchers Andrew Cashner or Tyson Ross along with Upton. The outfielder is set to hit the market next offseason and Orioles’ would most likely not resign him which makes the notion of having the Padres include one of their starting pitchers in any potential trade make more sense.
The Orioles do need a corner outfielder as they have not gotten a ton of production from their current corner outfielders after losing both Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis to free agency last offseason. Getting Upton would definitely add a powerful punch to their lineup which already includes the power of center fielder Adam Jones, first baseman Chris Davis and catcher Matt Wieters. Baltimore may be a good fit for Upton as well seeing as Camden Yards is one of the most homer-friendly ballparks in the league. The only real obstacle to this deal is if Baltimore can offer enough young talent from their already-thin farm system to entice the Padres into sending Upton over to Baltimore.