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Orioles have talked to Nelson Cruz

Feb 21, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Like a college student cramming before a big exam, the Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster before spring training exhibition games begin. We learned earlier that the O’s were showing interest in Ervin Santana even after having signed Ubaldo Jimenez, and that they were “intensifying their interest” in DH Kendrys Morales.

You can add another name to the list. According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Orioles have been talking to Nelson Cruz in their search for a hitter. Heyman writes that the Orioles “seem likely” to land either Cruz or Morales. They don’t have to worry about giving up their #17 pick anymore, as they already relinquished it having signed Jimenez. Now, they would have to give up their second round pick, 55th overall, per Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.

Cruz served a 50-game suspension starting in early August last season for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal. Cruz also has health concerns, having played in no more than 128 games from 2009-11. Additionally, he is 33 years old, which along with his associated draft pick compensation, made it tough for teams to justify handing him the big contract he was hoping to find earlier in the off-season.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:20 PM

    Morales, Cruz, Drew, Ervin! What the heck! Sign all of them!

  2. uyf1950 - Feb 21, 2014 at 8:45 PM

    Various reports including this one have the Orioles connected to Morales and Jimenez as well. So Cruz, Morales and Jimenez are on the O’s radar, what’s wrong with Drew can’t the Orioles show him some love.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      They already signed Jiminez

      • uyf1950 - Feb 21, 2014 at 11:28 PM

        My mistake, I meant to say Santana not Jimenez.

  3. lenbias34pt - Feb 21, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    The whole drew family has been a very talented nightmare.
    Stay clear

  4. tombstoned - Feb 22, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    “The Orioles are desperately trying to put together a competitive roster”

    Huh? Have you actually looked at the O’s roster? It is already a VERY competitive roster.

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