The Baltimore Orioles have swung a rare trade that didn’t include international bonus pool space this afternoon. The Orioles have acquired outfielder Jaycob Brugman from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Jaycob Brugman had a solid rookie season, as he posted a .266/.346/.343 line with three home runs over 162 plate appearances. Camden Yards brings him to a place where his power could play up.
He has shown strong power throughout his minor league career including a 21 home run campaign in 2014 and 12 home runs in 2016. On top of that, he has always exhibited strong plate discipline which has certainly been lacking in the Orioles’ offense over the past few seasons.
As for the A’s, they will either receive a player to be named later, who would have to be named by May 22, 2018, or simply receive cash considerations, probably slightly more than the waiver claim fee of $20,000.
Brugman will compete for a spot on the Orioles’ opening day roster with past Rule 5 selections Joey Rickard and Anthony Santander. Ultimately, if Brugman is able to repeat his 2017 campaign, while adding more power, he has the potential to play himself into the Orioles’ future, however for now, he looks like a very solid fourth outfielder.