The Baltimore Orioles are among the teams expressing interest in Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland and Brewers first baseman Adam Lind, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: #Orioles among teams trying to trade for #Brewers’ Lind or #Rangers’ Moreland. Also inquired on #Braves’ Miller, but no match.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2015
With Chris Davis not a lock to return, this could be them preparing for the worst and looking for a replacement. Lind drew a ton of interest at the trade deadline back in July, and that interest appears to be heating back up with a number of teams in the mix.
On the other hand, I consider 1B Adam Lind good as gone. Am told here in Nashville that at least dozen teams have checked in on him.— Tom (@Haudricourt) December 8, 2015
Lind, 31, hit .277/.360/.360 with 20 home runs and 87 RBI's in 149 games with the Brewers. Moreland had an equally as impressive season, hitting .278/.330/.482 with 23 home runs and 85 RBI's in 132 games.
With the Rangers potentially exploring deals about Prince Fielder, they may be more inclined to keep Moreland, which would leave the Orioles to pursue Lind. With a reported 12 teams in on Lind, the price could be steep, but the Orioles have young pitching they could give up which could be intriguing to the Brewers.
If all of that fails, the Orioles could turn back to Davis and fork over the money that it will take to keep him in Baltimore. Either way, the first base market is slowly moving around and one domino may cause the rest to fall.