Having already activated infielder and designated hitter Wilson Betemit from the disabled list earlier this week, the Orioles are continuing their quest to add a right-handed hitter by putting in waiver claims for Twins outfielder Josh Willingham and Mariners outfielder Michael Morse.
According to multiple reports, executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette is attempting to work out a trade for the 34-year-old Willingham, who has dealt with a knee injury this season and underwent surgery in early July. In 89 games this season, Willingham is hitting just .212 with 12 home runs and 45 runs batted in.
Willingham signed a three-year, $21 million prior to the 2012 season and is owed $7 million next season. Last season, Willingham hit a career-high 35 home runs and collected 110 RBIs after previous stops with the Marlins, Nationals, and Athletics.
Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Twins have until noon Friday to either work out a trade with Baltimore, let Willingham go to the Orioles for free, or pull him back and keep him for the rest of the season.
Reports surfaced Thursday afternoon that Morse had also been awarded to the Orioles on revocable waivers, meaning they would have 48 hours to work out on a potential deal for him as well. Morse is hitting .226 with 13 home runs and 27 RBIs in 76 games with Seattle this season.