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Report: Orioles still in discussions with free agent Kendrys Morales

May 2, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT

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Slugger Kendrys Morales remains a free agent, and many in the industry expect him to remain a free agent until after the draft in early June, when the draft pick compensation attached to Morales would vanish. However, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that Morales and the Orioles have been in discussions. A deal is not expected any time soon, if at all.

The Orioles have been in discussions with free agent first baseman/DH Kendrys Morales at several points over the past few weeks, though there’s said to remain a fairly significant gap in negotiations to date and the likelihood of a deal is unknown.

Baltimore is said to have scouted Morales multiple times in recent weeks, as it has a clear interest in the switch-hitting slugger, according to sources. However, the diffrence in dollars seems to remain fairly clear, as well.

Heyman adds that while the specific dollar amounts aren’t known, the two sides were discussing one-year deals.

The Orioles lost some pop in their lineup when Chris Davis landed on the disabled list with a strained left oblique. Players are lucky if they need just the minimum 15 days to deal with an oblique injury, so the Orioles may be preparing for a longer stint on the DL. Having signed free agents Nelson Cruz and Ubaldo Jimenez — with similarly-attached draft pick compensation —  in February, the Orioles showed they aren’t afraid to give up a draft pick to improve the team immediately.

  1. sfm073 - May 2, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    And that is why the Orioles will be bad for years to come.

    • mmeyer3387 - May 2, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      But if another teams signs him its a good move!

  2. proudlycanadian - May 2, 2014 at 7:40 PM

    At this stage, they may as well wait until June.

  3. Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    I don’t follow your logic there buddy. The O’s will be bad because they are willing to give up a 3rd round pick in 2014 which likely wouldn’t see the majors til at least 2017-18 (if at all) and while they have a stacked lineup before both Weiters and Davis hit FA as Boras clients (Hardy too) the orioles are trying to capitalize and make a solid push? How does that equate to terrible for years to come? They haven’t been terrible for 2+ years now so how you can say they will suddenly fall off is sort of a brash and bold statement, don’t ya think?

    • Eutaw's Finest - May 2, 2014 at 7:41 PM

      That was supposed to be for @sfm. Thought I replied. And failed.

    • proudlycanadian - May 2, 2014 at 7:55 PM

      Since it is commonly thought that Boras feeds information to Heyman, I assume that there is some truth to this story.

      • flamethrower101 - May 2, 2014 at 10:28 PM

        And on that note, if they were really discussing one-year deals, that tells me – and I’m probably reading it wrong – that they were willing to do it now rather than wait until after the draft. Because since the draft pick comp disappears after the draft, a 1-year deal would essentially be a half-season deal and Morales would likely need some time in the minors to get himself major league ready before being called up. This is just all sorts of confusing

      • mmeyer3387 - May 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

        Boras is a tuff guy for fans and teams in general to trust. Is this incident any different? Boras has a long history of playing everyone, this may be Boras trying to drive up Morales price.

  4. jwbiii - May 2, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Let’s consider this in a reasonable manner. Kendrys Morales will cost a third round draft pick now, but not in six weeks. For now, Chris Davis is out with an oblique injury and the Orioles have re-signed Steve Pearce for 1B after releasing him earlier this week. Davis and Morales aren’t suitable for anywhere but 1B or DH. The O’s have mostly using Nelson Cruz and Delmon Young at DH; they’re doing fine. On the other hand, the Orioles have not done well with third round picks of late, so they would not really be giving up anything of value. So paying Kendrys Morales for the difference between him and Steve Pearce for the duration of Davis’ oblique strain? I wouldn’t do it.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - May 3, 2014 at 7:04 AM

    OR the Orioles sign Morales now, play him at 1B until Davis’ return, then move Davis back to 1B, put Cruz out in LF where he wants to be (drive up his 2015 contract) and put Morales in at DH. He’s an upgrade at the spot over Delmon Young, and would provide some more flex at 1B in the event it’s needed. And while Lough is solid defensively he’s hitting below the Mendoza line which hurts this lineup offensively. Essentially you’d be replacing .177 in Lough with whatever Morales hits, which I can assure you will surpass that.

    On the other hand if they wait the extra six weeks? You know damn well uncle Pete is not the one offering top dollar for his services.

    • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Fair enough. Morales’ bat v. Lough’s is certainly an upgrade. Cruz’s defense v. Lough’s is certainly a downgrade. Do you want to make that trade?

      • Eutaw's Finest - May 5, 2014 at 7:33 AM

        People discredit Cruz’s defense. It’s not that he’s BAD defensively, he’s just not going to make those phenomenal plays that guys like Lough do. Cruz is an average defensive LF. So with that said, I would absolutely be willing to downgrade defensively from a plus defender to an average defender in order to get rid of Lough’s abysmal offense and replace it with Morales . Ina heart beat.

  6. zdravit - May 3, 2014 at 6:01 PM

    Why? Jesus Montero can be had.

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