With the all-star game, complete trade season is now here. What moves will the Baltimore Orioles make? Here’s our best guess based on the latest from the MLB rumor mill.
We’re officially three weeks away from the MLB Trade Deadline, and despite a slow start to the trade season, it should be a hectic time for several teams including the Baltimore Orioles.
In the midst of a long rebuild, the Orioles are looking to improve their odds of future success by any means necessary. This means nearly no name is unavailable in trade talks and that the O’s will be aggressive.
With rumors swirling the last week has provided the baseball world with more clarity as to who’s available and what team’s are interested.
Here’s a look at three new trade predictions based on the latest rumors and speculation.
Orioles Swap Alberto For Infield Prospect
It’s hard to believe that 26-year-old Hanser Alberto has become a trade chip for the Orioles. The infielder has had a very productive 2019 season as is batting .309 at the all-star break.
One team that could use Alberto’s bat and infield versatility is the Chicago Cubs. Addison Russell has struggled mightily this season as he’s batting just .244 with a .319 OBP in 46 games. The Cubs could use Alberto as either their starting second basemen or off the bench to plug and play.
In order to trade Alberto, the O’s could ask for infield prospect Christopher Morel. Morel is a 20-year-old who Chicago signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2015. He plays both shortstop and third base and is currently rated as Chicago’s 26th best prospect according to MLB Pipeline.
2019 is Morel’s first full season in the states after an injury delayed his arrival. He is currently playing for Low-A Affiliate in South Bend, Indiana where he’s batting .286 with six home runs. He’s also shown off some impressive speed as he’s legged out seven triples and stolen nine bags.
Though raw, Morel has some upside and would be a welcomed addition to an Orioles farm system in exchange for a player Mike Elias and company probably did not expect to generate any value come the end of July.