The Orioles continued their spring training spending spree on Tuesday, agreeing to terms on a one-year deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz, according to an industry source. The deal, which is pending a physical, is worth $8 million with $750,000 in incentives.
Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette will not rule out another free agent acquisition to upgrade the team's offensive lineup, though top remaining hitter Kendrys Morales would require the club to give up its third pick in the June draft.
SARASOTA, Fla. ¿ Even though the Orioles handed out a historic four-year, $48-million deal to right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, the club believes it has gotten a deal given the money being handed out on the free-agent market.
This year¿s Major League Baseball general managers and owners meetings open today in Orlando, Fla., where the industry comes together to discuss the game and set the foundation for the offseason and next month¿s MLB winter meetings, which are also in Orlando this year.
In their ongoing pursuit of adding a hitter to a potential postseason roster, the Orioles have claimed Seattle Mariners outfielder-first baseman Michael Morse off trade waivers -- which comes on the heels of the news that the Orioles also had claimed Minnesota Twins outfielder Josh Willingham.
The Orioles have had interest in Juston Smoak since the 2008 draft, when the Orioles took Brian Matusz with the fourth pick in the first round and the Texas Rangers grabbed Smoak with the 11th selection.
As for right-hander Jake Arrieta, the Orioles came close to sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk, but the 26-year-old was jettisoned to the bullpen instead, and when holes in Baltimore¿s rotation opened, he slid back into the starting role.