Stubbs, Bourn ac­quired at the deadline

Moves meant to shore up out­field be­fore post­sea­son, Du­quette says

Baltimore Sun - - ORIOLES - By Jon Me­oli jme­oli@balt­ twit­­oli Baltimore Sun re­porter Ed­uardo A. Encina con­trib­uted to this ar­ti­cle.

On the fi­nal day teams can ac­quire play­ers and still have them el­i­gi­ble for the post­sea­son ros­ter, the Ori­oles added vet­eran out­field­ers Drew Stubbs and Michael Bourn on Wed­nes­day.

Stubbs joined the club as a waiver claim from the Texas Rangers, while Bourn was ac­quired from the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs for Short-A Aberdeen out­fielder Ja­son Hein­rich, the Ori­oles’ 2015 fifth-round pick.

After the team an­nounced the ad­di­tion of Stubbs, ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent Dan Du­quette said shoring up the out­field de­fense was the team’s main ob­jec­tive of the waiver trade pe­riod.

“We like Stubbs’ ad­di­tion to the club, and he’ll be join­ing us on Fri­day,” Du­quette said. “He gives us a good, solid, de­pend­able de­fen­sive out­fielder. He’s got very good speed, and he’s shown ver­sa­til­ity and good ca­pa­bil­ity to play cen­ter and left. And he’s also a pretty good base-stealer. It gives us a lit­tle more depth. Since we lost Joey Rickard [to a thumb in­jury July 21], we’ve been look­ing for another out­fielder, par­tic­u­larly one that can play cen­ter field and the other out­field po­si­tions. We think that adding Stubbs, who’s very ath­letic — he was drafted high, No. 8 [over­all in 2006] out of Texas. He’s got great ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Stubbs was bat­ting .259 with three home­runs, six RBIs and eight steals in 39 games with the At­lanta Braves and Texas this sea­son be­fore the Rangers re­leased him Sun­day. He pro­vides cover at all three out­field po­si­tions, some­thing the Ori­oles needed with Rickard out and not much de­fen­sive depth in the out­field be­hind Adam Jones, who has had a ham­string in­jury for the past week.

As a reg­u­lar from 2009 to 2014 with the Cincin­nati Reds, Cleve­land In­di­ans and Colorado Rockies, Stubbs showed an abil­ity to hit for power and steal bases, but never hit above .289 in a sea­son.

Atwo-time All-Star, most re­cently in 2012, Bourn, 33, bat­ted .261with a .669OPSwith­13steals in18 tries andthree home­runswhile­play­ing all three out­field po­si­tions for the Di­a­mond­backs this sea­son. He was re­leased out of spring train­ing by the Braves, then signed a mi­nor league deal with the Toronto Blue Jays, but was never called up.

Wed­nes­day was the fi­nal day play­ers could be ac­quired via trades if they were passed through or claimed off waivers and still be el­i­gi­ble to play in the post­sea­son.

Stubbs took the 40-man ros­ter spot of left-han­der Kyle Lob­stein, whomthe Ori­oles ac­quired Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon from the Pitts­burgh Pi­rates and sub­se­quently des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

Lob­stein was ac­quired for Triple-A left-han­der Zach Phillips, and the Ori­oles des­ig­nated left-handed reliever Ashur Tol­liver for as­sign­ment to cre­ate a 40-man ros­ter spot for him. Rickard was trans­ferred to the 60-day dis­abled list to make room on the 40-man ros­ter. Drew Stubbs Ari­zona Fall League par­tic­i­pants an­nounced: Out­fielder DJ Ste­wart, the Ori­oles’ top draft pick in 2015, will head­line the team’s prospect class par­tic­i­pat­ing in this year’s Ari­zona Fall League, where teams send play­ers for ex­tra work after their sea­son ends.

Ste­wart and the other Ori­oles mi­nor lea­guers who travel west will play for Peo­ria. Re­liev­ers Tan­ner Scott, Jimmy Ya­cabo­nis and Jesus Li­ranzo, all at Dou­ble-A Bowie, will be joined by catcher Austin Wynns and in­fielder Adrian Marin. Marin and Scott played in the AFL in 2015. Around the horn: Right-han­der Chris Till­man (shoul­der bur­si­tis) had a sec­ond flat-ground ses­sion Wed­nes­day, and man­ager Buck Showal­ter said re­sults were “good.” Till­man could throw a bullpen ses­sion this week­end. … Jones had a good day work­ing through his ham­string in­jury, and Showal­ter said he was a pos­si­bil­ity to play Wed­nes­day, though he didn’t. … Left fielder Hyun Soo Kimhit lead­off for the first time in his ma­jor league ca­reer Wed­nes­day, a move Showal­ter said was in­tended to drive up Toronto starter Aaron Sanchez’s pitch count. Kim was 1-for-4… For­mer Baltimore Sun pho­tog­ra­pher Wal­ter McCardell, who also worked for the Ori­oles, threw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch Wed­nes­day. He turns 91 to­day.

Starters: Ubaldo Jimenez (5-11, 6.46) vs. Rays’ Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.56)

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