Baltimore Orioles rumored to be interested in pitcher Dan Straily
The Baltimore Orioles need pitchers and there are a few that are unofficially on the market, especially from teams like the Miami Marlins.
In the latest round of Baltimore Orioles rumors, there is apparently one connecting the team to Marlin’s pitcher Dan Straily.
Joe Frisaro from the Marlin’s MLB.com site answered fans’ questions about the Marlins and potential trades.
He also shared the Orioles interest during the Winter Meetings.
In his post, he addressed the teams that have shown interest in Straily. But, Frisaro mentioned that he could be a player who sticks around until the July trade deadline. Straily is considered the Marlins top pitcher, especially since they released Edinson Volquez earlier in December.
Straily is a 29-year-old right-handed pitcher who has been in the MLB for six seasons, although most of them were rather short. He was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2009 and made his debut with them in August of 2012. In 2013, he finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year voting behind Wil Myers, Jose Iglesias, and Chris Archer.
Despite his success with the A’s, Straily has been involved in some hefty trades. First, he was moved to the Chicago Cubs in 2014 in the Addison Russell and Jeff Samardzija trade. He was then sent to the Houston Astros in 2015 in the Dexter Fowler–Luis Valbuena trade. Then, the Astros traded him to the San Diego Padres. The Padres never put him on the mound, but they did put him on waivers, and he was claimed by the Cincinnati Reds. The Reds traded him to the Marlins for some minor leaguers.
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Because he has only pitched full seasons in 2013, 2016, and 2017, he is still an extremely inexpensive pitcher with plenty of team control left. This is what makes him so desirable to a team like the Orioles. In 2018, he reaches his first year of arbitration and he does not reach free agency until 2021. And, at age 29, he has only thrown 633 innings. Consider Kevin Gausman who at age 26 has 639 innings pitched in the major leagues.
Straily has a career 4.25 ERA and 1.271 WHIP. In 2016, he gave up a league-high 31 home runs when he was pitching for the Reds. He gave up 31 home runs in 2017 when pitching for the Marlins while pitching in the not home-run-friendly Marlins Park.
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With numbers like this, he might have some difficulty finding success pitching at Camden Yards where home runs are slightly easier to hit than in other parks.