The Baltimore Orioles continue their rebuild as they trade Jonathan Schoop, Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day as the 2018 MLB trade deadline passes.
The Baltimore Orioles made a flurry of deals before the 2018 MLB trade deadline as they continued to rebuild their roster.
Just a couple of days after trading reliever Brad Brach to the Atlanta Braves, the Orioles shipped two more players to the Braves in starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and Darren O’Day, who owned 10-and-5 rights.
In return, the Orioles received four minor league prospects including catcher Brett Cumberland, third baseman Jean Carlos Encarnacion, right-handed pitcher Evan Phillips and lefty Bruce Zimmerman. In addition, the Orioles were able to acquire $2.5 million in International Signing Bonus money from the Braves.
Then, just moments before the 4:00 p.m. ET MLB trade deadline, the Orioles traded All-Star second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers for a duo of minor league prospects. In exchange for Schoop, the Orioles received second baseman Jonathan Villar, along with prospects Jean Carmona and Luis Ortiz from the Brewers.
In total, the Orioles were able to acquire seven players on the final day of the non-waiver trade deadline.
Schoop, arguably the biggest surprise in the Orioles multiple deadline deals, is coming off being named American League Player of the Week after smashing five home runs in five consecutive games. Per Orioles reporter Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com notes Schoop did not receive any contract extension talks from the Orioles organization.
Following the trade deadline, Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette echoed his thoughts on the Orioles latest moves as Ken Rosenthal tweets:
I hear it’s easier to demolish the entire house and rebuild from the ground up rather than renovating one room at a time.
From the Machado, Britton, Gausman and Schoop trades, the Orioles have gained a total of 14 prospects in hopes of a successful rebuild.
One Oriole who was not dealt at the trade deadline was longtime Orioles center fielder Adam Jones as he plays out the final year of his contract in Baltimore.