5 rotation options Orioles must pursue in 2025 as Corbin Burnes insurance

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Another day, another Oriole pitcher being in the news. This time, it is Corbin Burnes, who apparently wants to test free agency one time and one time only.

With that said, the Orioles need to consider their longterm options if Burnes is a one-and-done. He is a great addition to the rotation this year, but considering the O’s gave up a solid prospect, an up-and-coming pitcher and a comp pick for him, they probably want to avoid doing that year in and year out. And while they could go after a long-term option right now (i.e. Blake Snell, Jordan Montgomery or perhaps Michael Lorenzen), the team probably does not want to be tied up to a big contract beyond this season in case of the oft chance they are able to convince Burnes to stay in Baltimore.

That’s why they are better off waiting it out and starting fresh in 2025 if Burnes jumps ship. But who should they go after? Below are five names for the Orioles to consider as a Burnes replacement in 2025.

5 long-term Corbin Burnes replacements available in 2025 MLB Free Agency

Max Fried

Fried is a solid top-of-the-line rotation piece who will turn 31 before the 2025 MLB season. He has been an All-Star, an All-MLB First Teamer and a Gold Glover, and he also has a career ERA just three ticks above three. Fried also has a 70% winning clip.

Add all that to the fact that Fried is a World Series champion and a proven starter. His last two full seasons, Fried has also been top-10 in the majors in ERA. The issue is, he dealt with injuries last year, so people have questioned how injury prone he may be.

That said, Fried would be an excellent replacement if Burnes ultimately leaves. He has a lot of experience being a top rotation piece for a consistent playoff team, so he would bring a lot of experience to the young O’s roster. Plus, he would also give the Orioles another lefty in the rotation (or a new one if John Means does not re-sign either).