SAN DIEGO — The Orioles have reached out to several teams for possible trades at the winter meetings here in San Diego, but they have not engaged the Atlanta Braves regarding outfielder Justin Upton, executive vice president Dan Duquette said Monday.
The Orioles are in search of additional outfield help after the losses of Nelson Cruz and Nick Markakis last week. Duquette said he ideally would like to acquire one left-handed hitter and one right-handed hitter and added that, at this point, that's more likely to come in free agency than by trade.
Upton would provide the Orioles with a right-handed power hitter who would lessen the loss of Cruz, who led the major leagues with 40 home runs before signing a four-year deal with the Seattle Mariners.
Upton, who has averaged 23 homers over the past seven seasons, hit .270/.342/.491 with 34 doubles, 29 home runs and 102 RBIs in 2014 with the Braves.
Upton has been the subject of swirling trade rumors, and he is set to make $14.5 million next season, his last before becoming a free agent.
The Braves are looking for a more attractive deal than the one in which they acquired right-hander Shelby Miller from the St. Louis Cardinals for outfielder Jason Heyward, according to the New York Post.
While he believes the Orioles will be more active on the free-agent front than the trade front, Duquette said Monday that could change quickly.