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Birds Rebuild: Orioles trade Schoop, Gausman and O'Day

Orioles trade Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day
Orioles trade Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day
Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 06:15:44-04

The Baltimore Orioles continue their rebuild, making another big trade prior to Major League Baseball's deadline.

The team traded second baseman Jonathan Schoop to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for second baseman Jonathan Villar, shortstop Jean Carmona and right-handed pitcher Luis Ortiz.

The 26-year-old Schoop batted .244/273/.447 with 17 home runs and 40 RBI through 85 games this season. He is a career .261/.296/.450 hitter, and his 106 career home runs are the most by a second baseman in Baltimore history. 

Coming off of a rehab assignment, Villar will join the Orioles major league roster. Ortiz will go to Double-A Bowie, and Carmona will wrap up the summer in Short-Season A in Aberdeen.

Earlier in the day the Orioles also sent right-handed pitchers Kevin Gausman and Darren O'Day to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for right-handed pitcher Evan Phillips, infielder Jean Carlos Encarnacion, catcher Brett Cumberland, and left-handed pitcher Bruce Zimmerman, as well as International Signing Bonus Slot Money. 

The 35-year-old O'Day appeared in 20 games for the Orioles this spring, going 0-2 with two saves and posting a 3.60 ERA. The 27-year-old Gausman posted a 5-8 record in 21 starts this season, building a 4.43 ERA. 

Phillips will go to Triple-A Norfolk. Encarnacion has been sent to Class-A Delmarva. Cumberland and Zimmerman were assigned to Double-A Bowie.

These trades come after the Orioles made arguably the biggest deal of the season, sending home-grown star Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers. Closer Zach Britton was then shipped to the division rival New York Yankees. Reliever Brad Brach was acquired by the Atlanta Braves after that