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MLB trade rumors: Orioles, Padres discussing Melvin Upton Jr.-Ubaldo Jimenez deal

13 giugno 2019 • Under: Offerte Speciali


THE RUMOR:The Orioles have talked to Padres about outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. and could be sending starterUbaldo Jimenez and a prospect in the deal.REPORTED BY: Fox Sports, ESPN.comand Yahoo Sports.THE DETAILS: At this point, the deal is under discu sion as a one-for-one trade, which seems unlikely.Upton comes with another year of control at$16.45 million, whileJimenez is also signed through 2017 at$13.5 million.THIS SEASON:Upton is batting.260/.309/.448 with 16 homers, 44 RBIs and 20 stolen bases this season.Jimenez is in the midst of his worst season to date with a7.38 ERA over 17 starts with a dismal1.97 WHIP.OUR TAKE:The Orioles, whohave stolen just 13 bases this year through 95games, could not only use Upton as a speed threat but also asinsurance in center with outfielderJoey Rickard outfour to six weeks after a thumb ligament injury. As the club battles with the Red Sox for the AL East crown, the upside of Upton is worth parting with a prospect despite an already thin farm system.The Padres have already dealt two starters this season in Andre Dawson Jersey Drew PomeranzandJames Shields and are expected to shipAndrew Cashner before the deadline as well, all but ridding their staff of veteran starters.Jimenez, who has spent the past three seasons struggling (5.02 ERA) in the small confines of Camden Yards, could use a change of scenery and a return to the NL West, where he dominated in 2010 with the Rockies. But San Diego can also do better than only gettingJimenez. The club needs prospects and should ask the win-now Orioles for either left-handerChris Lee (5-0, 2.98 ERA in Double-A)or right-handerHunter Harvey (2.13 ERA in GCL)in addition toJimenez.MORE: If White Sox sell, Chris Sale won’t be only one dealt