NASHVILLE, Tenn.—The Orioles are looking for left-handed hitters. That’s no secret.
According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, the Orioles have inquired about Milwaukee’s Adam Lind and Texas’ Mitch Moreland.
The Orioles have had interest in Lind before, and they should. He’s a 32-year-old left-handed hitting first baseman. Lind has $8 million left on the final year of his contract.
He hit 20 home runs, drove in 87 and batted .277 for the Brewers in 2015, and he draws walks. His on-base percentage is .360, and he plays first base.
But, Milwaukee has talked with perhaps a dozen clubs about Lind, and it doesn’t look as if the Orioles have much to trade for him. The last traded with the Brewers in July when they traded Zach Davies for Gerardo Parra.
Parra is a free agent seeking a longer contract than the Orioles are willing to give him, and Davies has a decent shot to start next season with Milwaukee.
The Orioles don’t seem to have much they’re willing to trade. Teams keep asking about Kevin Gausman, but the Orioles aren’t willing to move him just when it seems his career may take off.
Moreland, who is also a year away from free agency, at 30, is two years younger than Lind. He’s hit 23 home runs in two of the last three years, and last year drove in 85 runs. He’s a high strikeout, low walk guy (112 to 32 last year), and a match with the Orioles would seem problematical.
Both Lind and Moreland can play first base if Chris Davis leaves, and the Orioles are scheduled to meet with Davis’ agent Scott Boras, who also represents Pedro Alvarez, who Pittsburgh non-tendered last week.
Texas is reportedly trying to peddle Prince Fielder, who is owed $90 million on the final five years of his contract. Fielder, who had a nice bounceback season in 2015, was signed to a nine-year, $210 million deal by Detroit before the 2012 season.
Boras is Fielder’s agent, too, and the Tigers were so eager to rid themselves from the contract that they’re paying $6 million of the $24 million the slugger is set to make this season.
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