Baltimore Orioles: An Up and Down History Involving Trades With The NL Central
Trades between the Milwaukee Brewers and Baltimore Orioles have been a rare sight.
Of the 13 total trades made between these two teams, none of them stand out as very memorable, but one in particular does have an opportunity to pan out in favor of the Baltimore Orioles
- To Baltimore: IF Jean Carmona, LHP Luis Ortiz, IF Jonathan Villar
- To Milwaukee: IF Jonathan Schoop
Odds aren’t high that this trade turns out to be anything, but time will tell. Schoop was part of the purge of 2018 that saw the beginning of this massive rebuild in Birdland. He struggled in Milwaukee, largely didn’t appear in the 2018 playoffs, and ended up in Minnesota for the 2019 season. He’s currently a free agent after hitting 23 home runs for the Twins last season.
Villar was the most valuable Oriole in 2019, according to Wins Above Replacement (the media voted Trey Mancini as the MVO), but was sent to Miami for a minor league arm at Thanksgiving after the team decided not to pay him a projected salary of $10 million in 2020.
Ortiz has suffered injuries and control problems since joining the Orioles and looks nothing like a former top pitching prospect. That leaves just Jean Carmona. He’s no longer ranked among the Orioles Top 30 prospects, but he’s only 19 and his bat is impressive, when he’s on the field.
The only other trade of note was the 2015 trade of noted pitching prospect Zach Davies to Milwaukee for outfielder Gerardo Parra. Parra played in just 55 games before moving on to Colorado and bringing that annoying Baby Shark movement to the Nationals in 2019. He’s now moving on to finish his career in Japan.
Davies went 43-32 with a 3.91 ERA in five seasons with the Brewers and was recently traded to the San Diego Padres where he will join a long of list of former Orioles in Manny Machado, Bobby Dickerson, Wayne Kirby, and Ryan Flaherty.