The Orioles may have been able to pry Upton and Tyson Ross away from the San Diego Padres at the trade deadline if they had more prospects to work with (scratch that; A.J. Preller is Captain Insano and refused to make a single trade). Upton would have been a good acquisition for the Orioles because of his Virginia roots. The 28-year-old’s bat would play well in Camden Yards, as he managed to hit 26 home runs in 2015 while playing half of his games in Petco Park.
Upton is not a huge strikeout guy, and has put up a career .352 OBP. He could easily be expected to produce his first 30-home run season upon joining the Orioles. A six-year deal worth $100-110 million would probably be enough to land Upton. That’s a lot of money, but if the Orioles are willing to spend it on Davis, using it on Upton is justifiable. Upton knows the Mid-Atlantic region, and would be close to family if he signed in Baltimore.