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Brandon Moss, Allen Craig on Marlins’ first base radar


Yesterday, we learned that the Marlins were considering Evan Gattis and Chris Davis as trade options for an upgrade at first base. You can add Brandon Moss of the Athletics to the list, per MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, as well as Allen Craig of the Red Sox (via Clark Herald of the Miami Herald).

The Marlins got below-average production out of Garrett Jones this past season, as he batted .246/.309/.411 with 15 home runs and 53 RBI in 547 plate appearances. The average slash line for a first baseman in the National League was .257/.330/.430.

With the Athletics having added Ike Davis and Billy Butler already, Moss has become expendable despite another productive year in Oakland. He hit .234/.334/.438 with 25 home runs and 81 RBI.

Craig joined the Red Sox at the trade deadline along with Joe Kelly in the trade that sent John Lackey to the Cardinals. He had a miserable year, posting an aggregate .215/.279/.315 line with eight home runs and 46 RBI in 505 plate appearances.

The Marlins are snooping around Chris Davis and Evan Gattis

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The Marlins want some power to complement Giancarlo Stanton. Here’s some power:

Determined to upgrade over Garrett Jones at first base, the Marlins have begun exploring trades. Colleague Clark Spencer and I confirmed that the Marlins are interested in Atlanta’s Evan Gattis and Clark was told they also have inquired about Baltimore’s Chris Davis. Both Gattis and Davis are 28.

The Braves have traded with their division rivals in the past, so it’s not out of the question that they’d do it again. This is the first I recall hearing of Chris Davis possibly being available, though maybe he isn’t. It doesn’t hurt to call someone.

Both guys have big holes in their games — with Gattis it’s defense, with Davis it’s plate discipline — but if you want some bombs, and if you’re willing to give up some pitching, they could be your huckleberries.

Troy Patton suspended 80 games for amphetamines

Troy Patton

Free agent reliever Troy Patton, who spent this season with the Orioles and Padres, has been suspended 80 games by MLB following a positive amphetamine test.

That length of suspension means this is the third such positive test for Patton, because the first test is a warning and the second test is a 25-game suspension which he served at the beginning of the year.

He had a nice three-year run in the Orioles’ bullpen from 2011-2013, throwing 142 innings with a 3.05 ERA and 113/33 K/BB ratio, but Patton struggled this season and was traded to the Padres in May for Nick Hundley. San Diego dropped him from the 40-man roster in September.

His previous positive test was for Adderall, which many players use thanks to exemptions granted by MLB. Orioles slugger Chris Davis was suspended after failing to renew his exemption.

Orioles have calls to make on hitters this winter

Nelson Cruz

The Orioles took care of one key piece of business last week, signing shortstop J.J. Hardy to a three-year extension through 2017. They’ll have some decisions to make on the rest of their lineup this winter, though.

– Nelson Cruz, signed to a one-year, $8 million deal last winter, is a free agent.

– Nick Markakis can be brought back on a $17.5 million option (which includes a $2 million buyout) or the team could negotiate a new deal with him.

– Chris Davis is arbitration eligible after earning $10.35 million this year.

One imagines the Orioles will work something out with Markakis, who has been in the organization since the team picked him seventh overall in the 2003 draft. The soon-to-be 31-year-old Markakis is no longer a star, but he did have a better season offensively and defensively this year than in 2013. Ideally, the two sides could do a two- or three-year deal at a lesser salary than the option is worth.

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Unless owner Peter Angelos really loosens the purse strings, retaining both Cruz and Davis seems unlikely. Cruz established new career highs with 40 homers and 108 RBI this year, but he’s 34 and a liability defensively in the outfield. He’ll probably ask for a four-year deal worth at least $15 million per season. Davis, nearly the AL MVP in 2013, probably won’t get much of a raise in arbitration after struggling and getting suspended for Adderall. Since it’d just be a one-year deal, the Orioles should keep him and hope for the best.

Fortunately, the Orioles’ pitching staff, Andrew Miller excepted, will return intact. Five of Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, Miguel Gonzalez, Kevin Gausman and Ubaldo Jimenez will comprise the rotation, and Zach Britton, Darren O’Day and Tommy Hunter will all be back in the pen. Top prospect Dylan Bundy, who spent this year rehabbing after Tommy John surgery, could also help next summer.

With Matt Wieters and Manny Machado due back healthy, the Orioles have the potential to be better next year than they were in winning the AL East this season. They’ll almost surely enter the spring as the favorites in the AL East no matter what the Red Sox and Yankees do.