Jordan Luplow gives Diamondbacks a right-handed outfield option they lacked

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  • Arizona Diamondbacks
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  • Jordan Luplow
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  • Mike Hazen
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The Diamondbacks added a right-handed bat to their outfield mix on Friday by acquiring Jordan Luplow from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league infielder Ronny Simon.

Luplow, 28, is coming off a year in which he hit a combined .202/.326/.454 in just 163 at-bats with the Rays and Cleveland, a season limited by an ankle injury that ultimately required surgery last month.

Luplow’s best season in the majors came in 2019, when he hit .276/.372/.551 in 225 at-bats.

“We like the power potential, the ability to get on-base,” Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen said. “He’s the type of hitter we need more of in our lineup.”

Hazen said Luplow’s surgery involved the removal of a bone spur in his ankle.

“We’re pretty confident that he’s going to be ready by spring training,” Hazen said.

Luplow is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to make $1.5 million next year, his first season of arbitration eligibility. Given that the Rays are deep in outfield options, Luplow could have been a nontender candidate prior to next week’s deadline.

Luplow profiles primarily as a corner outfielder but also is an option in center and at first base. He joins an outfield that is projected to have mostly left-handed hitters, including David Peralta, Daulton Varsho, Pavin Smith, Jake McCarthy and prospect Alek Thomas.

“He’s somebody that we don’t have on our roster,” Hazen said of Luplow. “We’re very left-handed, especially in the outfield, and have been looking for compliments to round that out some. We think he’s a good fit.”

Simon, 21, is coming off a season in which he hit .245/.329/.454 between two A-ball levels. The club had acquired him last year from the Chicago Cubs as the player to be named later in the Andrew Chafin trade.

Simon is viewed as a potentially solid hitter but might not have a clear position defensively. He has played mostly second base in his minor league career.

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This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Jordan Luplow gives Diamondbacks a right-handed outfielder they lacked