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Orioles, Red Sox interested in Brandon Moss

The slugger could be a trade candidate due to his high price tag in arbitration.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

The Orioles and Red Sox are expected to have interest in Cardinals slugger Brandon Moss, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Moss will likely draw significant interest as a cheaper alternative to Chris Davis, the best left-handed hitting power option on the free agent market.

Moss is under team control through next season, but will be arbitration-eligible for a third time and is considered a candidate to be traded or non-tendered due to a relatively high price tag. St. Louis has expressed interest in retaining Moss as a bench option for next season, but may try to move him or non-tender him if the sides cannot come to a suitable deal in arbitration talks.

Moss would provide a replacement for Davis in Baltimore if the O's decide to commit a significant amount of money to re-signing other free agents like Matt Wieters, Wei-Yin Chen and Gerardo Parra. In Boston, Moss could serve as a platoon partner in the outfield with Rusney Castillo while seeing some time at first base to give Hanley Ramirez a rest. Moss was originally drafted by the Red Sox in the 2002 draft, and left the organization as part of the Manny Ramirez blockbuster in 2008.