More waiver wire fun
The Orioles are aggressively trying to add a hitter, with multiple waivers claims out and at least two that could potentially help bolster the club’s lineup down the stretch. Baltimore was awarded the claim on Seattle’s Mike Morse and Minnesota’s Josh Willingham and is negotiating with those two clubs in hopes of working out a respective deal.
It’s unknown if they would be willing to add both Willingham and Morse, although they have until Friday at noon to work that out and both guys come with injury history and some suspect defense. Morse, whose claiming was first reported by CBSSports.com, started the season off with a bang but has been derailed by injuries, first his thumb and then his hamstring posting a .226/.283/.410 line with 13 homers over 76 games.
Willingham, after winning the Silver Slugger Award last year, has battled through a knee injury and hit .212/.343/.386 with 12 homers and 45 RBIs in 89 games. He missed 33 games after having arthroscopic knee surgery in early July.
The Orioles –who have lost the series to the Red Sox and dropped their eighth consecutive one-run game on Wednesday night– have gotten poor production all year out of the designated hitter spot and the organization has been proactive in trying to bolster that on the waiver wire. Multiple claims allows them some flexibility in negotiations, although both Willingham and Morse’s stocks have dropped significantly and figure to command a relatively low asking price.
Willingham is also owed $7 million for next season while Morse, who the Orioles have had previous in in previous winters, is a free agent. Both clubs have the right to pull back the player and not trade him if they don’t like the deal –which Seattle has already reportedly done with Kendrys Morales—although that means they’re on the hook for him the rest of the year.