The Baltimore Orioles are one of three teams interested in trading for Texas Rangers outfielder Julio Borbon. The Rangers designated Borbon for assignment last week, but the organization appears more interested in dealing the three-year player.
Borbon appeared in only one game for Texas this season in which he replaced Lance Berkman as a pinch runner. Borbon was placed in the top of the eighth inning after Berkman doubled. He then scored a run later in the inning in the Rangers’ 4-0 win over the Houston Astros on April 3.
The Orioles showed interest in Borbon over the weekend, but the Rangers were asking for too much in return. However, the asking price has appeared to come down within the last few days because Baltimore is once again the frontrunner to nab the 36-year-old.
As of right now, Texas is interested in acquiring a pitcher with options for Borbon. This is something the Orioles could part ways with, even though they seem somewhat reluctant to trade pitching. However, adding depth to the outfield might be more important at this point.
If Baltimore wants to remain competitive in the American League East, they will need someone with Borbon’s speed on the base paths as well as in the outfield. He is someone that is capable of filling multiple roles in the batting order, including leadoff, and can successfully play two outfield positions.
If Borbon is not traded before 1 p.m. CT on Wednesday, he will be placed on waivers.
Borbon has posted a career .283 batting average with seven home runs, 73 RBI, 40 stolen bases, 16 doubles, seven triples and 101 runs in 216 games with the Rangers.