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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Ryan Weathers

Yes, you read that right. The Orioles should try to land Ryan Weathers at the trade deadline. With a lot of injuries to the Marlins' starting rotation, the lefty Weathers was forced into duty after it looked like he was destined for Triple-A.

The first few seasons in the majors for Weathers, a former top prospect, have been bad, spent playing for both the Marlins and San Diego Padres. He's had a breakout season this year for the Marlins, posting a 3.41 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 126 ERA+ in 12 starts, spanning 68 2/3 innings.

Weathers has limited the walks, issuing 20 so far this year, and has picked up 64 strikeouts, an encouraging sign. He's still in his pre-arbitration years and under team control until the end of the 2028 season. His fWAR is nearly 1.0 and he's been a valuable piece in the Miami rotation.

His offspeed pitches are very good, ranking in the 88th percentile in offspeed run value to complement a 79th percentile ranking in fastball run value and a 84th percentile ranking in pitching run value. He's also done a good job keeping the ball on the ground, with a 51.5 ground ball percentage to put him in the 87th percentile in that category.

With Weathers in the middle of a breakout season, it's hard to say what he could potentially cost in terms of a return, especially given his first few forays in the major leagues weren't good. It can't hurt the Orioles to pick up the phone, however, and Weathers would be a good pickup for them this summer if they can pull it off.