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Orioles interested in Kendrys Morales, talking to his agent

Feb 12, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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After missing out on A.J. Burnett the Orioles “remain interested” in first baseman/designated hitter Kendrys Morales and “continue to be in contact with his reps,” according to Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Baltimore has collected some designated hitter options like Nolan Reimold, Delmon Young, and Henry Urrutia, but the Orioles could definitely find room in the lineup for Morales as long as they don’t mind parting with a draft pick to sign him.

Last season the switch-hitter batted .277 with 23 homers and a .785 OPS in 156 games for the Mariners and Morales had similar overall numbers for the Angels in 2012.

  1. alexo0 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    “Well Kendrys, I think we’ve come to a fair price. Now if you don’t mind, we’d like to just take a quick look at that ankle…”

    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 12, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Yes its true, the Orioles have not he a very good off season on paper. However, in the end there may be a chance for redemption. That being said, Kendrys would be a good pick up for the Orioles. He gives them a good bat and a switch hitter in their batting order. Surely, Kendrys will not solve all of the Orioles problems, but he would be a good value for them. Off course we want know for sure how the Orioles will be until they complete the 2014 season. If they have a good season, we will forget their 2014′s off season or if they are have a poor season. Many will remember is as a season of poor moves.

      • boogerhill - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:38 PM

        Not very good?? Are you Peter Angelos?

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    I guess if you can’t find a pitcher willing to sign with the team and or be able to pass a physical it’s time to turn your attention to a DH who is an absolutely poor defensive 1st baseman even in a pinch. And give up the 17th pick in this years draft.

    • pipkin42 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:34 PM

      Yeah. A fairly low-OBP DH too. I don’t like it at all.

  3. nymets4ever - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    At some point the Orioles’ run of free agent strikeouts has to end, right?

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    I see a failed physical in the future.

  5. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:46 PM

    I can see Morales being better than last year. He was a huge threat before that ankle injury on a walk off GS

  6. beachnbaseball - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    It would be easier to track the Orioles off season transactions by only posting articles that state which players the Orioles are NOT interested in.

  7. cmoney4949 - Feb 12, 2014 at 3:57 PM

    How come some teams first round picks are protected and some like the Orioles are not? I kept hearing that some teams would have to give up their second round pick because their first was protected.

    • uyf1950 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Teams with the 10 worst record the prior year in this case 2013 do not lose their 1st round pick. There is also the addition of the Jays who also have the 11 pick in the draft being protected because that pick is a resuld of the Jays failing to sign their 1st round pick in 2012. So all in all the first 11 picks in this years draft are protected for those teams. Hope that explains it.

      • cmoney4949 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        Yes, it does. Thanks.

  8. dowhatifeellike - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    They need starting pitching far more than they need Morales. This team can hit. They need to be able to get outs, too.

    • cmoney4949 - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I agree they need pitching for sure but I think they could use a solid DH. Last year they had the worst product from that spot of any team in the AL. If you look at the September loses down the stretch a lot of them were by 1 or 2 runs when they had runs on and couldn’t get them home.

    • everon63 - Feb 12, 2014 at 6:02 PM

      I agree, they just want to sign anyone to save face, with or without, 3rd or 4th at best

  9. annapterp - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Hahaha..the Orioles “remain interested” in just about everyone. BUT, they won’t actually sign anybody with major league talent. The Oriole Way…striving for mediocrity.

  10. fomeols - Feb 12, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Nooooooo!

  11. @Cereal_22 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    There so many conflicting reports coming out of B’more. I think the media’s source may be some character completely out of the loop

  12. everon63 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:21 PM

    Quote from Dan, we are going to build from within and draft picks… yet all the decent free agents go elsewhere, (can’t blame them) “the Physical”, and now we are “in discussions with or interested in”all the cheap leftovers that have draft picks tied to them. You can not believe a word that comes out of Pete’s puppets mouth.

  13. watermelon1 - Feb 12, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Whatever… I’m GLAD they “missed out” on Burnett.

    Not happy they haven’t gone after any real talent though.

    They got very lucky with Machado supposedly being almost 2 months ahead of schedule on his recovery.

    • boogerhill - Feb 12, 2014 at 8:40 PM

      Especially having been “all-in” on him. What a crock!

  14. dinospizzaandpasta - Feb 12, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    take him off our hands and give us that draft pick.

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