Baltimore Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is always
looking for ways of improving his club, and the team has been tied to starting pitching and an impact bench bat recently. One National League GM told Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe that the O’s are specifically seeking a “veteran,
battle-tested pitcher to really finish off their staff,” which he believes
makes Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy and Philadelphia Phillies
southpaw Cliff Lee potential fits for Baltimore.
The unnamed NL GM went as far as calling Peavy a “great fit”
for a team like the Orioles. While he’s currently dealing with injury issues,
Peavy could become a hot commodity over the summer if the White Sox elect to
sell. The Phillies look like they could also become sellers as July 31st approaches, and Lee is arguably their biggest trade chip.
Still, Cafardo notes that money is always an issue with the
O’s, and this could hamper a deal involving either Peavy or Lee. Peavy’s deal
is guaranteed through 2014 with an option for ‘15, while Lee is locked up
through ’15 with an option for ’16. Peavy will earn $14.5 million next season,
and Lee is set to make $25 million per year over the next two campaigns.
Baltimore could certainly use a top-of-the-rotation starter
to pair with Jason Hammel and Wei-Yin Chen, but they continue to be hesitant to
spend on players outside the organization. It will be interesting to see if the
O’s hold tight while their young arms – including Dylan Bundy, Kevin Gausman,
Chris Tillman, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton – continue to grow, or if they
elect to acquire a proven starter to plug into their staff.
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