Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles interest in free agent Kendrys Morales appears to be waning.

While the O's do have some interest, the first round pick that they'd have to surrender to sign him appears to be the deal breaker. The Orioles have several in-house options that could fill or platoon as the designated hitter, such as Nolan Reimold, Henry Urrutia and Steve Pearce, so locking up Morales to the four-year deal that he's seeking doesn't seem prudent.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

According to Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio, the Royals could be in the mix for free agent Kendrys Morales.

Duquette also mentions that signing Morales could give them the flexibility needed to deal Billy Butler for pitching help. The market has been very slow to develop for the 30-year-old slugger, impacted by the fact that he's tied to draft pick compensation, and that he's a butcher in the field and best served as a designated hitter.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that Scott Boras has attempted to engage the Mets ownership in talks for free agents Kendrys Morales and Stephen Drew.

It's not unusual to see Boras attempt to drum up interest for his clients, but the Mets seem like a particularly bad fit for Kendrys Morales, who is better served being a designated hitter in the American League.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Orioles have interest in free agent Kendry Morales, but the draft pick compensation attached to him remains a hindrance.

The Orioles finished with the 15th-best record in baseball, so their pick isn't protected. While no one doubts Morales' ability to hit, teams are very aware of just how much it would cost to obtain his services, even for one year. The Mets, who already have a glut of first basemen, have also shown interest as their first round draft pick is protected.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

Kendrys Morales' agent, Scott Boras, said both National League and American League teams are pursuing his client.

Morales really should be a designated hitter, but an NL club might try to hide his bat at first base if his price drops far enough. ESPN's Buster Olney reported last week that it's possible the Mets could go after Morales if the 30-year-old remains a free agent into February or March. The team that signs Morales will have to forfeit a draft pick, which really hurts his market.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that a "good team-friendly deal" could develop between the Mets and Kendrys Morales in February or March.

The Mets are trying to trade Ike Davis in order to free up first base for Lucas Duda, but if Morales winds up being available cheaply, they could move Duda back to the outfield or try to deal him, as well. Morales is more appealing to a team like the Mets because their top-10 draft pick is protected. Of course, it's debatable how much of an upgrade he'd really be over Duda.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 4 Months

A big league general manager told Peter Gammons that he "just cannot see Kendry Morales signing until after the draft."

Morales rejected a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners last month, so signing him costs a top draft pick. The Scott Boras client has thus far struggled to find the kind of lucrative long-term package he desires. Seattle, which on Wednesday acquired both Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, will almost assuredly not re-sign Morales. The 30-year-old DH slashed .277/.336/.449 with 23 homers and 80 RBI over 156 games this past season.

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Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News hears that Kendrys Morales is "not on the Yankees radar at all."

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Yanks were talking about" Morales, but Feinsand thinks the club has "way too many spots to fill" to spend money on a first baseman/DH type. Morales rejected the Mariners' qualifying offer, which could really hamper his appeal on the open market.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 5 Months

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Yankees are "talking about" free agent Kendrys Morales.

Morales was presented a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Mariners earlier this month and rejected it, so signing him costs a top draft pick. But he did hit 23 homers in 156 games this year while playing in a spacious home park, and the Yankees want to add power bats. Heyman notes that New York is also looking into free agents Shin-Soo Choo, Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann, Carlos Beltran and Stephen Drew.

Kendrys Morales 1B/DH SEA 5 Months

Kendrys Morales rejected the Mariners' qualifying offer.

The deal would have paid him $14.1 million on a one-year pact. Morales is hoping to attract multi-year offers this winter on the open market, but his free agency is now tied to draft pick compensation because he declined the qualifying offer and the Scott Boras client might struggle to find the kind of lucrative package that he desires.