SAN DIEGO — Despite a report Wednesday that said the Orioles are interested in the Boston Red Sox's Yoenis Cespedes, the club has had no internal discussions regarding the outfielder, according to an industry source.
According to WEEI.com, the Orioles have expressed interest in Cespedes, who is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season. But Cespedes' name hasn't come up in the Orioles' trade discussions, according to the source.
A move to acquire Cespedes would fit the Orioles' outfield needs and replenish some of the run production lost by the departure of Nelson Cruz, but it's unlikely that the Orioles would be willing to offer much to a division rival.
The Red Sox need starting pitching, especially after losing out on left-hander Jon Lester, who agreed to a six-year deal with the Chicago Cubs late Tuesday night.
Left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has drawn the most trade interest of any Orioles player as he's coming off a 16-win season and is going to make just $4.75 million in his final year before free agency.
But it's hard to fathom that the Orioles would allow the Red Sox to benefit from Chen's club-friendly deal in the year it bears its greatest value. Before the 2012 season, the Orioles signed Chen to a three-year, $11.38 million deal with a 2015 club option that was exercised this offseason.
Cespedes hit .260/.301/.450 with 22 homers and 100 RBIs in 152 games with the Oakland Athletics and the Red Sox in 2014. He was part of the deadline trade that sent Lester to Oakland in July.