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Cardinals check in on Mora

The Baltimore Sun reports that the Cardinals are one of several teams to express interest in Orioles free agent third baseman Melvin Mora.

Mora, 37, hit .260 last season with eight homers in 125 games for Baltimore. He primarily plays at the hot corner but has played a handful of games at shortstop and second base over the years. He's also played all three outfield positions, but has hasn't appeared outside of the infield since 2003.

The positive thing about Mora is that he would likely take a one-year contract because of his age. The bad thing is that he made $8 million last season with the Orioles and he would have to take a massive pay cut to fit into the Cardinals' plans.

The Cardinals have also been rumored to be looking at former Houston shortstop Miguel Tejada, Felipe Lopez who played for St. Louis briefly in 2008 and outfielder Ryan Church to round out the roster of position players. But, following the lengthy and expensive process of signing outfielder Matt Holliday to a seven-year contract, the Birds will likely take a wait and see approach to spending the $7-$8 million they have left.