Arizona Diamondbacks Trade Michael Bourn to Baltimore Orioles

The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded outfielder Michael Bourn to the Baltimore Orioles. The Diamondbacks will receive 20-year-old minor league outfielder Jason Heinrich in return.

Heinrich was drafted in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. During his time in Single-A Aberdeen, Heinrich hit .231/.301/.347 with three home runs and 13 RBI in 44 games.

The Orioles are in the midst of battling for a post season spot and are doing what they can to add depth to their bench and their outfield as they also acquired Drew Stubbs off of waivers from the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

At the age of 33, Bourn is putting up respectable numbers. At the time of the trade, Bourn was slashing .261/.307/.362 with 21 extra-base hits, 13 stolen bases and 30 RBI. The numbers don’t jump off the page, but it’s really his defense and speed that make him worth acquiring.

The Diamondbacks picked up Bourn after he was cut by the Atlanta Braves and then by the Toronto Blue Jays. The Diamondbacks were down two of their starting outfielders in David Peralta and A.J. Pollock for most of the year and needed to do something to address the outfield.

Bourn is nearing the tail end of his career, but he did a good job bringing stability to the injured outfield in Arizona.

It’s not a big move for Arizona, but Bourn wasn’t going to be on the team next season. He was serving as a temporary fix until the outfield was healthy again. Now that the season is winding down and Pollock is back, Bourn’s time in the desert has come to an end.

The Diamondbacks have been widely criticized for their recent trades, but this one is a very minor move for them. Bourn was a solid player for the team, and they were able to flip the fill-in mid-season acquisition into a minor leaguer. It’s a very small positive with nothing too crazy coming from the Diamondbacks front office this time around.

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