Indians showing interest in Morales, Denorfia

The Indians reportedly have some interest in designated hitter/first baseman Kendrys Morales and outfielder Chris Denorfia, according to Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Though the Indians have also had discussions about pursuing Chase Headley, Hoynes adds that the club is unlikely to land the third baseman.

Instead, Hoynes reports that the Indians’ focus is currently on the likes of Morales and Denorfia. Morales would provide a potential replacement in the event that the Indians trade Swisher or that he isn’t ready to start the season after undergoing surgery on both knees back in August. Denorfia, meanwhile, would provide similar insurance in right field for Ryan Raburn, who is coming off left knee surgery and currently serves as a platoon partner with David Murphy.

Morales had a whirlwind offseason last year after rejecting Seattle’s $13.1 million qualifying offer. He went unsigned through the offseason due to the fact that teams did not want to surrender a draft pick in order to bring him aboard. It wasn’t until June 8 — once the First-Year Player Draft had passed and teams no longer had to lose a draft pick — that Morales finally signed a one-year deal with the Twins.

The 32-year-old designated hitter hit just 234 with one home run over 39 games with the Twins before being traded back to Seattle where he hit only .207 with seven homers over 59 games.

Neither signing would be nearly as flashy as reeling in Headley, but both could fill a need and provide a bit of insurance to the Indians entering the 2015 season.

— Paul Casella

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