Orioles Eyeing Justin Morneau, Michael Young, Michael Morse And Carlos Quentin
While much of the focus on the Orioles at the trade deadline has centered around adding another starting arm, the Birds have struggled at the plate with Chris Davis and Manny Machado cooling off after the All Star break. The O’s were shutout and recorded just five hits against the Red Sox on Sunday while going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
As a team, the Orioles are hitting .245/.291/.401 against left handed pitching this season ranking 19th in batting average, 27th in on base percentage and 8th in slugging percentage. That last one isn’t so bad, I guess.
Let’s start with Morneau. Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun reports that the Twins have made the former MVP available and we know the O’s have expressed interest in the past. According to Zach Links of MLBTradeRumors.com, Morneau will earn about $6 million the rest of the season. Like most of the guys listed above, he would DH for the Orioles.
A number of reporters have written about how great Young would fit in Baltimore. I’m not seeing it. Against lefties he’s hitting .217/.314/.380 this season. After a red hot June, Young is hitting just .236/.333/.375 in July.
Then there’s Morse, another guy the Orioles looked into this offseason. The Mariners slugger has been out with a strained quadriceps, but is reportedly close to returning to the big leagues after rehabbing down on the farm. He hit just .251/.313/.454 with 11 homers and 23 RBI in 56 games in the first half.
Carlos Quentin could be the most interesting man
in the world on the list. He’s signed through 2015 for roughly $24 million, so he’d cost Baltimore more in prospects, but he’s hitting .276/.336/.500 with 13 homers in 80 games this season. He’s also hitting .282/.378/.493 against left handed pitching.