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Rumor Mill: Red Sox, Orioles said to be interested in Cardinals 1B/OF Moss

If first baseman/outfielder Brandon Moss isn’t in the St. plans of the St. Louis Cardinals, a couple of other teams seem willing to give him a place to land.

According to a report on Scout.com, both the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles would like to add Moss to their roster.

The report notes that St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak has stated he plans to hang on to the arbitration eligible left-handed slugger but brushes off those remarks.

“The team is likely to either non-tender (Moss) or trade him away this offseason as he will likely garner a high salary for next season after arbitration,” the post opines.

I’m sure Mozeliak was well aware of how much Moss is likely to earn next season when he announced the Cardinals plan to retain him for 2016.

Maybe Mo plans to sign and trade Moss instead of letting him walk away for nothing after giving up prospect Rob Kaminsky to get him at the trade deadline. But is the slugger as valuable in trade as he would be to the St. Louis roster?

Moss, who hit .250 with four homers, seven doubles and a triple in 51 games with the Cardinals, would provide St. Louis with protection at a pair of positions where the starters have had trouble lately staying on the field. He’d also provided valuable thump off the bench as the team’s top lefty pinch hitter.

While left fielder Matt Holliday is expected to return to his position in 2016, he’s not getting any younger. First base is a spot that could be ripe for change after two disappointing, injury-riddled seasons from Matt Adams.

Stephen Piscotty, who played some first base late in the season and in the playoffs could get time there in 2016. But Moss would give the Cardinals an insurance policy as Piscotty tries to make the transition from the outfield.

I’m not sure what the Red Sox and Orioles would be willing to give up to get a guy they think the Cardinals want to get rid of in a salary dump. But it would have to be a pretty valuable piece to make it worth St. Louis’ while.

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