The Baltimore Orioles continue to look for a big bat and may have their eyes set on former Seattle Mariner slugger, Kendrys Morales.
That said, the team seems to be concerned about the draft pick compensation attached to Morales as the Mariners offered their designated hitter/first baseman a one year, $14 million dollar qualifying offer.
Signing Morales would cost the Orioles a draft pick, something the O’s may refrain from doing:
Orioles have interest in Kendrys Morales, source says, but the draft pick remains a substantial barrier.
Baltimore is rumored to have interest in a handful of other power hitters, like Nelson Cruz. However, like Morales, Cruz too comes with an attached draft pick compensation which has likely hindered their desire to offer either a deal.
Even worse for the Orioles is due to the fact that they finished in the top half of the league last season, their draft pick wouldn’t be protected, thus the concern over losing the pick.
In addition to Baltimore, the New York Mets have shown interest in Morales, however, they’d likely need to make a move as they have a roster filled with under-talented first baseman.