For the second time in two days, the Orioles seemingly filled a need. On Wednesday, they traded Danny Valencia to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder David Lough.
Lough, who will turn 28 next month, batted .286 with five home runs and 33 RBIs. He played mostly right field, but did play 17 games in left.
“This is a very capable replacement for the loss of Nate McLouth,” Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said.
McLouth signed with the Nationals earlier this month.
“He can play all three outfield positions,” Duquette said.
Lough joins Steve Pearce, Francisco Peguero, Nolan Reimold and Henry Urrutia as possibilities for left field and designated hitter. The Orioles also drafted Julio Borbon, another left-handed hitter in the Triple-A segment of the Rule 5 draft.
Lough, Urrutia and Borbon are all left-handed hitters. Lough
“This kid has a chance to be an everyday player,” Duquette said.
Valencia batted .304 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in 52 games. He hit .371 against left-handers.
The trade also strengthens the chances that Rule 5 draftee Michael Almanzar and minor league signee Chris Marrero can make the team.
“I was happy he was available,” Duquette said. “David Lough had a really good rookie year. He’s a good hitter, has good speed and plays good defense, and he has a really good arm.”
Duquette said there was nothing new to report on the hunt for starting pitchers.
“We’re still looking around,” he said.