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Orioles trade Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day to Atlanta Braves, Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers

July 31, 2018 - 6:36 pm

By Kyle Andrews

The Baltimore Orioles completed their fire sale today after moving right-handed starting pitcher Kevin Gausman and right-handed reliever Darren O’Day to the Atlanta Braves and second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers. This comes just a week after Baltimore traded closer Zach Britton to the New York Yankees and less than two weeks after shortstop Manny Machado joined the Los Angeles Dodgers.

In the Braves trade, the Orioles acquired right-handed Evan Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catcher Brett Cumberland, left-handed pitcher Bruce Zimmerman and $2.5 million in international signing bonus slot money. 
Phillips, 23, has a 1.99 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 59 strikeouts in 40.2 innings at Triple-A Gwinnett. Encarnacion, 20, is slashing .288/.314/.463 (104-for-361) with 10 home runs and 57 runs batted in 97 games for Class-A Rome. Zimmerman, 23, has played with both Class-A Rome and Double-A Mississippi this season, with a 9-4 record with a 2.86 ERA (36 earned runs) with 125 strikeouts in 20 starts. 

Gausman, 27, went 5-8 with a 4.43 ERA, with 104 strikeouts in 21 starts with Baltimore. O’Day, 35, went 0-2 with two saves, a 3.60 ERA (eight earned runs) 27 strikes, four walks in 20 games.
A few minutes after the Gausman and O’Day deal concluded, Baltimore acquired Jonathan Villar, right-handed pitcher Luis Oritz, and infielder Jean Carmona from the Brewers. Villar, 27, batted .261/.315/.377 (67-for-257) with six home runs and 22 RBI in 87 games this season in Milwaukee. Ortiz, 22, made 11 starts (16 appearances) for Double-A Biloxi this season, going 3-4 with a 3.71 ERA (28 earned runs) and 65 strikeouts in 68.0 innings pitched. Carmona, 18, batted .239/.298/.406 (37-for-155) with four home runs and drove in 24 runs in 39 games for rookie-level Helena. 

Schoop, 26, batted .244/.273/.447 (85-for-349) with 17 home runs and 40 runs batted in 85 games with the Orioles.