BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Orioles have acquired backup catcher Andrew Susac from the Milwaukee Brewers for a player to be named or cash.
The trade was announced Friday. Susac was designated for assignment earlier this week after the Brewers signed free agent reliever Matt Albers.
Susac, who turns 28 in March, is expected to compete for playing time behind projected starter Caleb Joseph.
Susac played eight games for Milwaukee last year, going 1 for 12. He spent most of the season at Triple-A Colorado Springs, batting .205 with eight home runs and 35 RBIs.
The Brewers got Susac from San Francisco in 2016 in a trade-deadline deal for left-handed reliever Will Smith. In 104 games in the majors, Susac has hit .232 with seven homers and 35 RBIs.
Update (10:30 p.m. PT): The Giants offered former top prospect Christian Arroyo as part of a package to the Orioles for Manny Machado, but the two sides could not come to an agreement, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
After the Giants' 98-loss season, the front office highlighted three areas they need to address -- center field, the bullpen and third base.
The team believes the bullpen willl be bolstered with a healthy Will Smith and Mark Melancon. In center field, they have reached out to the Reds on the availability of speedster Billy Hamilton.
Looking at the hot corner, one of the best players in the league may be on the block in a trade.
According to Dan Clark of The Big Leagues Daily, the Giants are one of the teams who have made an offer to the Orioles for Manny Machado. The catch is, Machado becomes a free agent after the 2018 season.
Acquiring Machado would take a haul for one guaranteed season of a superstar. Several teams have asked for Giants top prospect Heliot Ramos in trade discussions, sources tell Insider Alex Pavlovic.
Machado, 25, hit .259 with (a career low) with 33 home runs in 2017. He's a three-time All-Star, two-time Gold Glove winner and is a .279 career hitter with 138 home runs in six seasons.
The Orioles selected Machado No. 3 overall in the 2010 MLB Draft.
OAKLAND – The Oakland A’s traded outfielder Jaycob Brugman to the Baltimore Orioles for a player to be named later or cash, the club announced Wednesday. Brugman was designated for assignment on Monday.
Brugman made his major league debut with the A’s last year and batted .266 with three home runs and 12 RBI in 48 games. He also hit .275 with a home run and nine RBI with Nashville and then batted .182 in nine games with Mesa in the Arizona Fall League.
Brugman was originally selected by Oakland in the 17th round of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft.
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