The Baltimore Orioles have expressed interest in free agent
outfielders Josh Hamilton and Cody Ross, reports Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports.
Hamilton is on the Orioles’
list of targets for left field, according to a source with knowledge of the
Baltimore has an opening in left field, as Nate McLouth
became a free agent at the end of the season. Some expected the Birds to spend
less to fill the vacancy, perhaps re-signing McLouth and platooning him with
Nolan Reimold, who was the team’s Opening Day left fielder.
However, it appears the Orioles may look to a higher profile
signing for their next left fielder. Baltimore is reportedly seeking a
seven-year, $175 million contract, and Baltimore won’t likely get involved if
the slugger’s market reaches that point. However, some believe Hamilton could
be forced to settle on a deal for as little as three years, a price point where
the Orioles could become more involved.
Ross will be less expensive, as he’s expected to receive a
contract in the three-year, $27 million range. The 31-year-old proved he could
play successfully as a regular in the American League East last season with the
Boston Red Sox.
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