Originally posted on Baseball Hot Corner  |  Last updated 3/16/14
A year after an unexpected 2012 campaign in which the Baltimore Orioles won 93 games and advanced to the ALDS, they could not quite retain that same magic and finished with a record of 85-77, finishing six games back of a wild-card berth. Their main issue was starting pitching, but general manager Dan Duquette attempted to fix this problem by signing free agent Ubaldo Jimenez, who compiled a 13-9 record and an impressive 3.30 ERA last year for Cleveland. Duquette also signed outfielder Nelson Cruz to a one year/ $8 million dollar deal that will add some pop to an already imposing lineup featuring Nick Markakis, Adam Jones, and Chris Davis. The question is: will it be enough to compete in the brutally difficult AL East? Whether or not the Orioles can compete for a division title will largely depend on the performance of their starting pitching, which struggled mightily in 2013 with a 4.57 ERA (tied for 4th worst in MLB). The rotation was plagued by injuries throughout the year, and t...
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