The Texas Rangers are optimistic that they’ll be able to
trade Julio Borbon prior to today’s deadline, and the Baltimore Orioles remain “very
interested” in the outfielder, according
to Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com.
Ghiroli notes that the O’s and Rangers have held ongoing
discussions regarding Borbon. While Texas seeks pitching in exchange for the
outfielder, Baltimore is hesitant to trade away its arms. Instead, the Orioles
are hoping that the Rangers’ asking price drops as the deadline nears.
Texas has until 2 p.m. today to trade Borbon, or they will
have to place him on waivers. The Rangers designated him for assignment last
week to make room on the roster for starting pitcher Nick Tepesch.
Borbon was the Rangers’ regular center fielder in 2010, but
he lost his starting role in 2011 and spent the entire 2012 season in the
minors. Still, he’s able to play all three outfield positions and owns a career
batting line of .283/.324/.358 with 40 stolen bases in 53 attempts. All of
these attributes has Borbon considered as a prime fourth outfielder candidate,
if not someone that warrants another shot as a regular.
The Orioles covet Borbon’s left-handed-hitting ability,
speed on the base paths and defense in the outfield. He would help increase
their depth at the outfield position.
The Orioles currently have a starting outfield that consists
of Nick Markakis in right fielder with Adam Jones in center. Nolan
Reimold and Nate McLouth platoon in left field, while Chris Dickerson is
currently a reserve for the team.
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