DH remains a concern for the Orioles
BALTIMORE — When the Orioles’ offseason began, one of the areas they needed to address was designated hitter.
But with a little more than a month until Spring Training begins, Baltimore is no closer to filling its DH void. The organization maintains interest in free agent Kendrys Morales, although giving up a Draft pick is — and likely will always be — an issue for a small-market team trying to build through the farm system. The O’s, who have prioritized adding a pitcher at this point in the offseason, are kicking around a few other available names, but none have even close to the impact that Morales would add to the lineup.
Morales, who rejected a qualifying offer from Seattle earlier this winter, is defensively limited but would add a significant boost to Baltimore’s offense. He posted a .277/.336/.449 line in 156 games for the Mariners last season, hitting 23 home runs, 34 doubles and driving in 80 runs.
It’s no secret that the Orioles struggled in the DH spot last year, mustering up two hits through the first 11 games and ranking last in the American League for a good portion of the season. O’s designated hitters (including times when a pinch-hitter stepped in for the DH spot) totaled a .234/.289/.415 line, a respectable middle-of-the-pack figure that’s a little deceiving, since a lot of that success was from everyday players getting a breather and the now-departed Danny Valencia.
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