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.