The Baltimore Orioles were awarded their claim on Minnesota Twins OF Josh Willingham and will have until noon on Friday to work out a trade or the Twins can pull him back or give him to the Orioles and Baltimore would completely take his contract.
Baltimore has been in search of a right handed DH and Willingham fits that description completely, and the fact that he can play in the outfield is just an added bonus.
Although Willingham has had a down year thus far due to dealing with a knee injury, and is hitting .212 with 12 homers and 45 RBI, he would be a major upgrade in that position over the likes of Danny Valencia and Steve Pearce. Despite a .212 average this season, his OBP is still .343.
In 2012, Willingham had one of the most under the radar seasons as he hit .260 with 35 homers and 110 RBI all while playing his home games in one of the most unfriendly hitters ball parks in all of baseball in Minnesota. The best stat he may bring with him is a .360 career on base percentage, which would be a huge addition to this Orioles offense down the stretch.
Willingham is hitting .253 with runners in scoring position this season, but boasts a career average of .269, a .393 OBP and a .875 OPS with runners in scoring position.
Another perk of acquiring Willingham is that he is under contract through 2014, so he would not be a rental.
Again, the Orioles and Twins will have until noon on Friday to work out a trade.
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