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Orioles acquire outfielder Jaycob Brugman in trade with A's

Oakland Athletics' Jaycob Brugman celebrates his home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Oakland Athletics' Jaycob Brugman celebrates his home run off Chicago White Sox starting pitcher James Shields during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, June 24, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

With plenty of room on their 40-man roster to add players, the Orioles acquired 25-year-old outfielder Jaycob Brugman in a minor trade with the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday, in exchange for a player to be named or cash.

Brugman, who was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday, played 48 major league games for the A’s last year, hitting .266/.346/.343 with three homers and 12 RBIs.

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The left-handed-hitting Brugman will likely vie to serve as a platoon bat for the Orioles as he attempts to make the Opening Day roster this spring. He hit .280/.364/.368 in 143 major league plate appearances against right-handed pitching while posting just a .167/.211/.167 line against left-handed pitching.

The Orioles traded away most of their international bonus slot money and won't likely be a player for the prospects the Braves lost Tuesday, or Shohei Otani.

The A’s promoted Brugman from Triple-A Nashville in June, then optioned him back to the minors in mid-August, but he didn’t return to the majors when rosters expanded in September. He didn’t hit well playing in the Arizona Fall League, posting a .182/.341/.242 slash line despite a 19.5 percent walk rate.

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Brugman was designated for assignment to allocate 40-man roster space to protect players from being selected in next month’s Rule 5 draft.

The Orioles had just 33 spots on their 40-man roster filled after adding three players Monday — right-handers Hunter Harvey and David Hess, and catcher Austin Wynns — so they have plenty of space to add players.

After ending last season with a right-handed-heavy batting order, the Orioles are focusing on adding more left-handed bats this offseason, so Brugman fits that mold.

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