One constant with the Orioles offseason is that they have looked at upgrades for their starting pitching, but so far all attempts have come up empty. New reports have come out showing the Oriole getting back into the market, this time exploring veteran starting pitchers.
The three pitchers in question are Domingo German, Mike Clevinger and Michael Lorenzen. All three starters are over 30 years old and free agents. Aside from their contract status, the veterans are right-handers who have each been in the league since at least 2017.
Orioles reportedly looking at trio of veteran starters
We will start with perhaps the most familiar player. German has been in the Yankees' system his entire career. Making his debut in 2017, he has since posted a career 4.41 ERA and amassed a 31-28 record during that time.
TheScore stated that Baltimore and Toronto were among the teams interested in the veteran. Despite pitching a perfect game in June last season, German opted for free agency. Considering his previous scandal, a move for the now-former Yankees player could cause some backlash from O's fans.
A Thursday morning tweet from Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that sources are saying "Michael Lorenzen is among the free agents in whom" Baltimore is interested. A former Reds, Angels, Tigers and Phillies pitcher, the righty holds a career 4.11 ERA.
His 40-38 record is not lights out, but his first half of the 2023 season was impressive. He was an All-Star at the midway break, and pitched a no-hitter in August. Ultimately, poor form struck him at the end of the season, but if given the chance he could prove that his pitching prowess has not left him.
In another article posted Thursday morning, TheScore suggested that the O's pursue former Cleveland, San Diego and Chicago White Sox pitcher Mike Clevinger. His 60-39 record and 3.45 career ERA are better than both German and Lorenzen.
Clevinger has an arsenal of pitches to command, including a fiery fastball. At the age of 33, he might not have many years in the majors left ahead of him, but Hyde could get a couple of strong seasons out of the righty if things work out right.