In recent days, the Orioles have again been linked to Mets first baseman Ike Davis. The two clubs were connected earlier this offseason, but weren’t able to find a match. The Mets are still open to dealing Davis, but the option of shipping him to the Orioles may be shrinking if today’s report is accurate.
Since signing right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the Orioles have intensified their interest in free agent designated hitter Kendrys Morales, according to a source. The Orioles have been linked to the switch-hitting designated hitter throughout the offseason, but didn’t appear to be in serious negotiations previously. That pursuit seemingly has increased in seriousness, the source said, due to two developments. One, the Orioles had been hesitant to forfeit their first-round pick – 17th overall – to sign Morales, but they instead forfeited it when agreeing to a four-year deal with Jimenez. If they were to sign Morales now, the Orioles would surrender their second-rounder, roughly the 55th selection overall in 2014, which obviously is not as coveted as a first-round (or supplemental) pick. Secondly, a shorter deal with an opt-out for Morales is potentially available for the Orioles now.