Reports: Orioles an option for Swisher, Rasmus

As the Orioles get set to enter the 2015 season with a lineup that doesn’t feature Nick Markakis or Nelson Cruz, the team is on the lookout for offensive pieces to fill those voids.

They’re reportedly speaking with outfielder Colby Rasmus — “among other left-handed-hitting outfield options,” FOX Sports‘ Jon Morosi reports — who is a free agent and could help to take Markakis’ place.

Rasmus, 28, has appeared in 373 games for the Blue Jays over the last three full seasons and has hit .234 with a .728 OPS over his four seasons in Toronto. He has played center field there, but would likely have to agree to a corner outfield change to fit in Baltimore.

The Orioles are also among the teams interested in Nick Swisher, who is reportedly being shopped by the Indians since the acquisition of Brandon Moss from the A’s

The Boston Globe‘s Nick Cafardo has reported that the Rays, Blue Jays, Orioles, Padres, Brewers, and Cubs are teams that would be interested in Swisher for the right price (he’s set to make $15 million each of the next two years, with a $14 million vesting option for 2017).

Swisher, 34, was signed by the Indians prior to the 2013 season and has hit .231 with 30 homers and 105 RBIs in the last two years (he batted just .208 with eight homers and 42 RBIs in 97 games last year).

— Joey Nowak

1 Comment

Swisher would be perfect to return to the Yankees. With Beltran questionable for playing every day in right field and perhaps being needed as DH if ARod can’t produce and Teixeira always a question mark at first, either because he is hurt or may be all done as a productive hitter, Swish would be the guy to fill both gaps. He brings enthusiasm and hustle to any place he goes. Nobody enjoys playing the game more than he does.

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