The Orioles' trade deadline strategy did not exactly go over well with outside observers. Baltimore's farm system is obviously loaded and they could have pretty easily landed at least one quality starter if they wanted to. However, the pool of players worth having was shallow and the price tags weren't to the Orioles' liking, so they instead ended up with Jack Flaherty at the trade deadline.
Flaherty's story is a familiar one in MLB. The once hot-shot young starting pitcher has found himself struggling to find his former glory and to stay on the field at all since his 2019 season where he finished in the top 4 of Cy Young voting. No one denies that Flaherty has a ton of talent, but you will struggle to find many that have a lot of faith in him right now given the injuries and underperformance the last four years.
On the whole, Flaherty's tenure with Baltimore has been disappointing. In nine appearances since the trade deadline (including seven starts), he posted a 6.75 ERA in just 34.2 innings of work. Flaherty's price tag at the deadline wasn't a ton, but this was a situation where you get what you pay for.
With Flaherty about to hit the open market, what is incentive for Baltimore to try and keep him around. He was actively worse after they traded for him, the guy just can't stay healthy, and there has been little sign that he will ever be the guy he once was. This is another roster spot in need of some love this offseason and step one is to let Flaherty go.