Reporter Yoon-Jun Ko = The Baltimore Orioles want to trade shortstop Jorge Mateo.
‘The Athletic’ reporter Ken Rosenthal said on the 20th (Korean time), “Baltimore is attracting interest in Mateo from other clubs. That’s good news for a club that lacks a shortstop, but it’s not clear.”
Mateo began his professional career in 2012 by signing with the New York Yankees in an international amateur contract. He then moved on to the San Diego Padres, making his big league debut in his 2020 season. However, during the 2021 season, the assignment was processed, and Baltimore made a claim and recruited him.
Initially, he was a utility player who saw all positions of second base, third base, shortstop, and outfield, but this season he played as shortstop in all games and was reborn as the main player. It was his first full-time season, and he also led the American League in stolen bases with 35 stolen bases. (Miami Marlins’ John Butty is the first in the MLB with 41)
He also showed good defense, and according to ‘Fangraph.com’, he recorded 14 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved) this season.
But the problem was the blow. Despite his quick feet, he only had a batting average of .221, 13 homers, 50 RBIs and 63 runs, and his on-base percentage was also very low. His on-base percentage of 0.267 was third lowest in the major leagues behind Jonathan Scoop (Detroit Tigers, 0.239) and Cody Bellinger (Chicago Cubs, 0.265).
It’s still an evaluation that his potential hasn’t exploded, but Baltimore has now declared a win and wants to trade Mateo.
‘MLB Trade Rumors’ said, “Carlos Correa, Trey Turner, Xander Bogarts, and Dansby Swanson all found the team. The Minnesota Twins, Los Angeles Dodgers, Boston Red Sox, and Atlanta Braves, who were aiming for them, could be candidates.”
However, all four teams are not desperate enough to trade. Minnesota acquired Kyle Palmer from the Cincinnati Reds, and Royce Lewis will return midseason. 안전놀이터
For the Dodgers, Gavin Lux is highly likely to take over as shortstop, and for Boston, Trevor Story, who briefly served as second baseman, will return to shortstop. Atlanta plans to fill in with prospect Vaughn Grissom and utility Orlando Arcia.
The Los Angeles Angels and Arizona Diamondbacks have also been mentioned as candidates, but it seems very unlikely that they will be traded at this time.