From Wire Reports
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 were on the verge of adding a second, Michael Bourn of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Stubbs joined the club as a waiver claim from the Texas Rangers, while a trade for Bourn was “in process,” according to an industry source.
After the team announced the addition of Stubbs, executive vice president Dan Duquette said shoring up the Orioles’ 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 on 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 home runs, six RBI and eight steals in 39 games with the Atlanta Braves and Texas this season before the Rangers released him on Sunday.
Yankees get Young
The New York Yankees have acquired minor league outfielder Eric Young Jr. from the Milwaukee Brewers for cash.
The Yankees made two trades on Wednesday. They also sent outfielder Ben Gamel to Seattle for minor league right-handers Juan De Paula and Jio Orozco.
The 31-year-old Young hit .263 with 30 RBI and 23 stolen bases for Triple-A Colorado Springs. He has played seven seasons in the majors and has 144 steals with Colorado, the Mets and Atlanta.
The 24-year-old Gamel made his big league debut this season, playing six games for the Yankees. In Triple-A, he was the International League MVP after hitting .308 with six homers, 51 RBI and 19 steals.
The 18-year-old De Paula was 1-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 11 games with the rookie-level Arizona League Mariners. The 19-year-old Orozco was 2-2 with a 4.07 ERA in 12 games with the same team.
Royals lose pitcher
The Royals placed right-hander Chien-Ming Wang on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis and made a series of roster moves to shore up their taxed bullpen before Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees.
Kansas City recalled left-hander Scott Alexander and right-hander Brooks Pounders from Triple-A Omaha and optioned infielder Christian Colon to the same club.
Colon is likely to return when rosters are allowed to expand Thursday.