Several teams recently have come to scout Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew, the top two free agents remaining on the market, and things seem to be heating up a bit with the two players who have been working out here for most of the last six weeks. The Orioles, Mariners and Brewers are among several teams believed to have some interest in the first baseman/DH Morales, whose market seems to be percolating in particular now – though it's still possible Morales could wait until after the June draft to sign to entirely alleviate the issue of the attachment of a draft choice. The Pirates, who have mostly been looking at the trade market for a first baseman, are another team that could make sense for Morales. The market seems a little less clear on Drew, but the Tigers, Blue Jays, Mets, Red Sox and Yankees all have been linked to the veteran shortstop and could make sense for him – though Yankees people say they are “tapped out” at the moment. The Orioles could be an interesting choice for Morales as they made two big free-agent signings in spring training – pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez and hitter Nelson Cruz – but have continued to eye the free-agent market. They made a bid later in spring for free-agent pitcher Ervin Santana before Santana signed with the Braves, offering something in the range of $12-14 million. Baltimore, with J.J. Hardy eligible to leave via free agency after the year and Chris Davis and Matt Wieters eligible to leave following the 2015 season, obviously is going for it.
Market warming for Morales: Orioles, Brewers, Mariners make sense
CBS Sports | Apr 9