O’s going hard for LaRoche? Not exactly

Are the Orioles in pursuit of Adam LaRoche? Not exactly, according to multiple sources, one who called reports otherwise “wildly” inaccurate.

The Orioles, in need of a first baseman and power hitter to bolster the lineup, were linked to free agent LaRoche on Monday afternoon, with ESPN.com reporting –citing a rival team executive — that Baltimore was in “hard” in bidding for his services.  But, right now, that interest seems minimal at best as the O’s remain focused on trading to add a middle-of-the-lineup bat. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette indicated Sunday night that making a deal was the most logical scenario and it continues to be where the organization is concentrating most of its efforts.

Baltimore isn’t in a position to add a lot of payroll and the Orioles have had preliminary discussions with several teams, dating back to last month’s general manager meetings, about trade possibilities. At this point, there seems to be a fairly good chance something gets done here in Nashville.

The O’s could find a power bat elsewhere –at the corner infield spots or designated hitter — and put Chris Davis at first base, with Duquette saying Sunday night that they don’t have a preference, at least publicly, as to where they acquire the middle-of-the-order bat.

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