The Baltimore Orioles reportedly met this morning with Justin Upton‘s agent, Larry Reynolds, as they look to add an outfielder.
Orioles met with Justin upton’s agent Larry Reynolds. Good option, esp if Davis doesn’t stay. Blog coming on @CBSSports
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 9, 2015
Upton, a 28-year-old outfielder with three consecutive 25+ home run seasons under his belt, makes sense for an Orioles team in need of a corner outfielder. Upton has played exclusively in left field since mid-2013, when the Braves moved him over from right field. The Orioles would likely move him back to right field, where he would play just about every game.
While the Orioles continue to pursue Chris Davis, they need to begin exploring fallback options as well, which explains the news regarding Upton. Although the team has been vocal about the need to add a left-handed bat after the acquisition of Mark Trumbo from the Seattle Mariners, Upton would fit well in the middle of an already potent lineup.
Upton’s .336 OBP last season would have been good for third on the Orioles, behind only Davis and Manny Machado. For a team that generally struggles in that department, Upton’s ability to draw walks and get on base would certainly be welcome in Baltimore. Hitter-friendly Camden Yards would also be a nice venue for Upton to display his power.
It is unclear at this time how serious the Orioles are about pursuing Upton, though this is the first official report that the organization has met with representatives of any high-profile outfielders to this point.