The Baltimore Orioles have recently been tied to starting pitchers – including Detroit Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello and free agent
Kyle Lohse – but Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports speculates that the Birds will
refrain from upgrading their rotation in the final days of spring training.
As Rosenthal notes, this would be no different than how the
O’s handled the offseason. They were tied to multiple arms – such as Joe
Saunders and Aaron Harang – but opted to sign Jair Jurrjens to a low-risk minor
Now, the Orioles have four starters etched into their
Opening Day rotation; Jason Hamel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman and Miguel
Gonzalez. Several others – including Jurrjens, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta, Zach
Britton, Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman – are competing for the No. 5 spot.
Rosenthal notes that Baltimore could still potentially match
up with the Tigers when it comes to Porcello, as the O’s could provide Detroit
with outfielder Nolan Reimold and a reliever or prospect in exchange for the
However, Rosenthal believes it’s more likely that the Birds
elect to stand pat and enter the season with one of their young arms.
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