4 starting pitchers Orioles should pursue at trade deadline after Cade Povich's rocky debut

With the Orioles rotation depth being tested, they should make a run at starting pitching upgrades at the trade deadline.
May 26, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Ryan Weathers (60) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2024; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Miami Marlins pitcher Ryan Weathers (60) throws against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first inning at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports / Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports
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Tyler Anderson

After a rocky first season with the Angels (that's probably generous), the Angels were looking for anyone willing to take Anderson and his contract off their hands this offseason. Understandably, no one bit, but teams should be more willing to overpay now considering the season Anderson is having in Year 2 donning an Angels uniform.

Through 12 starts this season, Anderson has without question been the Angels' best pitcher, probably combined between the starters and relievers. He has a 2.37 ERA and 1.13 WHIP over 76 innings, sporting a stellar 173 ERA+. His walk rate is a bit high and his strikeout rate is a bit low, but he's never been one to overpower hitters.

In overall pitching run value, Anderson ranks in the 89th percentile, and he is in the 100th percentile in offspeed run value. With an average exit velocity ranking in the 84th percentile, Anderson has done a good job limiting hard contact as well.

Anderson's contract does unfortunately come into play here. He's due $13 million total this season and next before hitting free agency, so any teams asking would likely want the Angels to hang on to some money to facilitate a trade. The Orioles might be willing to toss in a better prospect or player if the Angels can do that, and the Orioles can turn Anderson into an even better pitcher with their current development program, making the higher cost worth their while.