Orioles Notes: Morales, Free Agents, Hardy

The rumor mill is slowly beginning to turn again with the end of what MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko calls "baseball's dead zone" — the period of general inactivity between Christmas and New Year's Day. For Orioles fans, that means a return to clamoring for the club to make some impactful additions to its roster. (Baltimore's most expensive addition to date has been reliever Ryan Webb, who was non-tendered by the Marlins.) But, as Kubatko notes, there are a good number of high-quality players still available on the open market, many of whom have been linked to the O's in some manner. Here's more from the O's:

  • The Orioles could be a legitimate landing spot for Kendrys Morales, Kubatko suggests. Baltimore is not concerned with his fielding, and is less hesitant to give up a draft pick than in years past, according to Kubatko.
  • One other avenue for landing a bat, of course, is via trade. Kubatko says he has heard "rumblings" that executive VP Dan Duquette is working on a deal that could be nearing the stage of reviewing medicals.
  • The O's have not made a sizeable free agent investment to date, though the club figures to be in on several remaining players, writes Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun. Morales, a starter such as Bronson Arroyo or A.J. Burnett, or a closer like Fernando Rodney remain realistic possibilities to land in Baltimore. Yet it remains fairly likely that the club will not ultimately add any of the better players left on the open market, Connolly opines. 
  • Otherwise, Duquette could focus on addressing the team's own players. J.J. Hardy is the most likely current player to land an extension in Connolly's estimation. 


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44 Comments on "Orioles Notes: Morales, Free Agents, Hardy"


Junior7188
1 year 6 months ago

Kendrys Morales will go to yankees

bdiddy7
1 year 6 months ago

No, he won’t. We have a very capable DH in Alfonso Soriano.

BaMafromLa
1 year 6 months ago

They have more than enough DHs already.

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

How do you know that?

vtadave
1 year 6 months ago

He doesn’t.

Damon Bowman
1 year 6 months ago

That would be fantastic. Let them sign yet another bat who is limited in the field and ignore the pitching staff even further.

John Kreese
1 year 6 months ago

Any idea what the O’s budget is for 2014? Morales at DH on a short term deal & a one-year deal for Burnett would be huge. Closer wise I’d see if a combo of Hunter/O-Day can get it done.

Nashville_Os_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Who closes against lefties? Hunter and O’Day both had lousy splits against them last year. Hunter does for his entire career, though O’Day was better against them before last year.

Stephen Parks
1 year 6 months ago

Webb has good splits. Wouldn’t rule him out.

Nashville_Os_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Right now I’d say he would be a better choice than the other two

Stephen Parks
1 year 6 months ago

That’s my feeling as well. For some reason people seem to think it’ll be Hunter if we don’t sign anybody else, but I can’t understand why.

Andrew Ochs
1 year 6 months ago

they will never go over 100 million.

Ron Loreski
1 year 6 months ago

The O’s should ink Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal. Won’t cost much at all, and maybe they’ll get lucky

John Kreese
1 year 6 months ago

or maybe even a guy like Ryan Madson

Karkat
1 year 6 months ago

As a fan of a division rival, I’d love for the Orioles to sign Joel Hanrahan

vtadave
1 year 6 months ago

Why? It would be a very low-risk signing, and if he doesn’t look good this spring, he’d gone. Not like they are going to give him Papelbon money and say “you’re our guy”.

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

O’s is IMO one of very few clubs that could make sense for Morales. And they could probably get him pretty cheap. Turning down the QO wasn’t a very smart move.
3 years and 20 million total. That’s what I think he’ll have to settle with.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Is it really worth the draft pick? That’s my biggest concern.

Dick__Whitman
1 year 6 months ago

Orioles pick 17th. The 17th picks since 2000 are: Ben Diggins, Dan Denham, Cole Hamels, David Murphy, Scott Elbert, CJ Henry, Matt Antonelli, Blake Beavan, David Cooper, AJ Pollock, Josh Sale, CJ Cron, DJ Davis, Tim Anderson. Other than Hamels, none of these guys comes close to Morales in value, though Murphy is a serviceable major-leaguer.

bjsguess
1 year 6 months ago

He will NOT sign for 3/$20M. No way, no how.

If he signs a 3 year deal it will be for at least $10M. More likely scenario is he signs a 1 year deal with a clause that prevents a QO next year. But even then the dollars won’t be less than $9M.

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

I assume you mean 10 million per year.
I seriously doubt that he can have a clause preventing a QO, as that is part of the CBA.
His other option is to sign a pillow contract for one year. I think that would land somewhere around 11 mil (Morales was “worth” 2.7 WAR in 2013 as per baseball-reference).
If Morales somehow improves his defence and proves he can play the field at least decent, I think he could get up to 14-15 mil per year on a shorter deal.
His power is legit.

Damon Bowman
1 year 6 months ago

What do you consider a “short term deal?” If any team is signing a player who requires draft pick compensation, inking that player to a deal anything less than four years would be a bit short-sighted. Realize that the signing team could lose the player and his replacement (draft pick player) and be forced into signing yet another free agent to fill the hole. That could start a nasty cycle that few teams can dig out of.

Christopher A. Otto
1 year 6 months ago

O’s in great shape for putting together an 82-85 win season. #Winning

burnboll
1 year 6 months ago

How do you pronounce “Roch”?
Is it “Rotch” or is it “Rock”?

BmorePeace
1 year 6 months ago

Rock

Cereal_22
1 year 6 months ago

Rock

Bleed_Orange
1 year 6 months ago

I think AJ Burnett makes to much sense for Baltimore. From there I agree with most that signing a “Big Name” closer does not make much sense. Rather I would like to roll the dice on Bailey, Madson, etc. a low risk high reward guy. And I disagree with signing Hardy to an extension, I think number one priority should be signing Machado long term, I don’t care about the knee and I think that could play into his mind about taking the guaranteed money and years now.

The_Porcupine
1 year 6 months ago

I like the idea of low risk, high reward closers for the O’s. Rodney scares me.

Ron Loreski
1 year 6 months ago

I’m surprised I haven’t heard any links of Morales to the Twins. They don’t have a regular DH. And as long as Mauer stays healthy, he won’t need to play much 1B at all.

Damon Bowman
1 year 6 months ago

Add in the fact that they recently traded Doumit to the Braves taking another potential DH/1B bat out of the mix for ABs.

ea19
1 year 6 months ago

They still need that DH spot open for Willingham and Arcia to rotate in there. Plus, the Twins aren’t a team that would usually give up a draft pick(2nd round) and pay pretty big money to a DH. Doumit was only making 3.5 million and Willingham is only making 7 next year!!!

Edgar4evar
1 year 6 months ago

Bummer. I was looking at them specifically because their first-rounder is protected. With Morneau gone I figured they’d have room for a DH. Really, that’s all Morales is good for. As an M’s fan I want the draft pick when Morales signs somewhere else. But if he ends up in Japan or something we get nada.

The_Porcupine
1 year 6 months ago

If the O’s are going to give up a draft pick, do it for an arm for the rotation. It isn’t too hard to fill a DH spot through free agency. And really, another bat would be nice, but I’d be more worried about the pitching first and then second base next. DH is low on the priorities to me.

Plus I just don’t like Morales as a fit. Unless the O’s don’t resign Davis next year, he would be stuck at DH and sucking up a good chunk of our budget. Plus he doesn’t really have any more upside. He’s a good hitter, but not for the contract he will demand.

I’d prefer Jimenez and Garza over Arroyo or Burnett due to their upside. But both are a bit of a head case. Santana may be the safest choice.

Edgar4evar
1 year 6 months ago

Morales isn’t going to cost much money. There really isn’t a market for the guy. My guess is he ends up signing for 2/15 or so, probably right before Spring Training when it’s clear he’s not getting the deal he wants.

bjsguess
1 year 6 months ago

He’d be much better off waiting until June and then signing with no strings attached. He will not eat that kind of money when he can sit out half a season and still score a better deal than that.

Jeff in Cleveland
1 year 6 months ago

Orioles need pitching!! Why would they sign Morales if they have to give up there 1st round pick? That makes no sense at all to me.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Their hitting needs a lot of help too. They really don’t have any obp guys which = a lot of solo hrs.

1 year 6 months ago

Get Hardy and Davis resigned and then put a contract out to Arroyo and Morales. I think most fans would be happy with that.

Matt Talbert
1 year 6 months ago

Morales hitting behind Davis and Jones would give them some decent protection. I mean Kendrys is a solid bat. Can’t believe someone doesn’t give him a chance.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Only reason is most teams don’t want to give up a first round pick.

Lefty_Orioles_Fan
Lefty_Orioles_Fan
1 year 6 months ago

Britton for Ike Davis would make a lot sense to me.
If the O’s don’t do that and the gods decide to do something in “Charm City” and they sign Jimenez, then I would consider signing Morales.

Matt Talbert
1 year 6 months ago

A sandwich pick which isn’t that bad. I mean if you get a very solid player to help you win now I say go for it…signing Jimenez and Morales would IMO make Baltimore a legit favorite.

Rabbitov
1 year 6 months ago

Orioles already traded their Sandwich pick, they’d lose their first which is the 17th pick.

Shawn Baublitz
1 year 6 months ago

Solid bat. Mostly a DH. Cost a draft pick because turned down $14+ mil guaranteed. I can see 3 years $33 mil or 4/ $44mil tops