Jon Heyman of CBS sports reports that, according a person connected to the Orioles’ organization, funds are “tapped out.” Heyman also states that the Scott Feldman trade cost the O’s $3 million in funds to make. Heyman’s source also states that a pursuit of Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau, who makes 6 million this year, would be too expensive.
I don’t think Morneau was really on the Orioles’ radar, mainly just speculation due to a struggling DH role. Still, this does not bode well for the O’s, who are still looking to add another pitcher and to extend Matt Wieters‘ contract. Any more additions to the Major League club will need to be from the minors or budget free agents.
Both sides on Wieters contract extension are reported as “not close”, with that and now a tight budget, all signs point to an agreement not being reached till the offseason or possibly next season. The pitcher the O’s are looking for might be traded for Chris Dickerson, who was DFA’d and a reported traded “was in the works.” At least now I don’t to hear the name Cliff Lee shouted whenever someone talks about a trade.
Guest Post by Cody Colston. You can follow him at @The_OtherCody.