Among the meetings the Orioles expect to have at the winter meetings today will be one with agent Scott Boras, according to an industry source.
Boras, who represents free-agent slugger Chris Davis, already had a face-to-face meeting regarding Davis with managing partner Peter Angelos this offseason in Baltimore. It’s well known that Orioles ownership has put retaining Davis atop its priority list, but the club is uncomfortable entering any deal that could reach the $150 million to $175 million range.
Talk will not only likely focus on Davis. Boras represents a few other free agents the Orioles are interested in, including nontendered first baseman Pedro Alvarez and former Washington Nationals outfielder Denard Span. Boras also represents former Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen, also a free agent.
Boras usually has an annual media scrum at the winter meetings that draws a crowd, but that wasn’t scheduled for Tuesday.
The Orioles are pursuing a left-handed-hitting first baseman/outfielder/designated hitter in Nashville, and they are reportedly interested in veterans Adam Lind and Mitch Moreland, according to Fox Sports.
Both would seem to fit in Baltimore. The 32-year-old Lind, who spent the first nine years of his career in the American League East with the Toronto Blue Jays, is a career .288/.363/.395 hitter in 61 games at Camden Yards. The 30-year-old Moreland, a career Texas Ranger, has hit .286/.355/.571 with five homers and 10 RBIs in 16 games at Oriole Park.
They both have a history of struggling against left-handed pitching. Lind is a career .213 hitter against lefties and Moreland hits at a .233 clip against lefties.
Their pursuit of the two left-handed hitters further shows the Orioles’ focus on preparing for possibly being unable to re-sign Davis.
They still appear willing to wait for the market on Davis to develop, at least for now.
Adam Jones makes donation
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones made a $75,000 donation, along with the Orioles charitable foundation, to the Webster Kendrick Boys and Girls Club in the Dolfield neighborhood of West Baltimore.
The donation will help renovate and expand a technology center and lab at the facility.
This is the third Baltimore city Boys & Girls club that Jones has helped renovate. Over the past three years, he also made sizable donations to the Brooklyn O’Malley Boys & Girls club and the Westport/Winans Homes Boys & Girls Club.
Jones’ desire to help local Boys & Girls Clubs is rooted in the fact that as a kid, he was a member of the Encanto Boys & Girls club growing up in San Diego.
Last month, Jones received the Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award from the players’ union for his on- and off-field contributions. He also received the Brooks Robinson Community Service Award from the MLB Players Alumni this offseason.