Yes, now we can assume
Frankly, he wasn’t exactly in the center of their radar, but now the outfielder is expected to stay with the
Let's get a couple of your questions out of the way (because I know there will be some. I am afraid to check my Twitter account).
How interested were the Orioles in Kubel?
The best I could uncover is lukewarm. They had discussions in December and felt the asking price was too high. They revisited talks recently -- I assume prompted by the Diamondbacks -- and the asking price wasn't as severe. If it dipped low enough, the Orioles would have made a move. But the Orioles got the sense that they were a backup plan, and Arizona was more interested in dealing Upton for a package of players.
Although the Orioles definitely need another power bat, Kubel was somewhat redundant as a left-handed hitter with limited defensive abilities. You can read Ed Encina's piece about that.
So it didn't happen.
How interested were the Orioles in Upton?
Very interested, because he has the potential to be a longtime star. But that comes at a major cost. And, I know you’ve heard this before, without including Manny Machado or
Would the Diamondbacks flip Prado?
The Orioles have always liked Prado, but I can't imagine Arizona immediately would trade the only recognizable name in this deal. And though the Diamondbacks technically still have a crowded outfield, Prado almost certainly will play third base for Arizona. So let's just walk away from trade rumors with no punch for a while.
What do you think of the trade?
I absolutely love Upton as a player. And the Braves’ outfield combination of the Upton brothers and
Any Orioles connections to mention here?