The Baltimore Orioles need pitching help. Could any recently non-tendered options help?
Monday’s deadline to tender contracts to arbitration-eligible players has come and gone, leading to more than 50 new additions to the current free agent pool. The Baltimore Orioles didn’t surprise us with any new unsuspecting moves, but we finally saw an end to the Jonathan Villar saga and Dylan Bundy is still on the roster, for now.
The Orioles tendered contracts to five of their arbitration-eligible players, IF/OF Trey Mancini, RHP Mychal Givens, RHP Miguel Castro, IF Hanser Alberto, and Bundy. LHP Richard Bleier was signed to a new deal that will pay him $915,000 next season and Jonathan Villar was shipped to Miami for minor league LHP Easton Lucas, making the loss of Villar not a complete wash.
Orioles general manager Mike Elias had plenty to say about Villar and Monday as a whole, as published by Roch Kubatko over at MASNSports.com. Elias reiterated the fact that he continues to look for a middle infielder who plays strong defense, starting pitching (or any pitching) to shore up the rotation/add depth to the upper minors, and a fourth catcher. Hopefully, a defensive-minded catcher.
We have already highlighted a number of potential starting pitching options here at BirdsWatcher (you can find links to all of those stories here), but with a new crop of free agents hitting the market, let’s take a look at three more interesting starting and relief options we found.
As much as my heart wants Kevin Gausman to come back, I think it’s safe to say that he won’t be coming back to Baltimore and won’t be included in our list.
How about starting with the type of pitcher we will surely see make their way to Birdland, a veteran option coming off an injury and looking to showcase their health.