The Baltimore Orioles are interested in Seattle Mariners
first baseman Justin Smoak, who is more available following the team’s
acquisition of Kendrys Morales, reports Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.
With Kendrys Morales now a Mariner after a gutsy
deal with the division rival Angels for lefthander Jason Vargas, Smoak
could be moved. According to a major league source, the Orioles are said to
have some interest.
The Orioles were tied to Smoak earlier this offseason, and
now that the Mariners have a viable replacement in Morales the former top
prospect could be moved. Baltimore is said to like Smoak’s swing and could be
open to giving the 26-year-old a shot at first base.
After tearing through the minor leagues, Smoak has only hit
.223/.306/.377 over parts of three seasons at the major league level.
There are few other first basemen available, and the Orioles
are hesitant to surrender the draft pick it would take to acquire the market’s top
option, free agent Adam LaRoche.
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