The Baltimore Orioles remain in the market for a veteran
starting pitcher, and they continue to be in contact with free agent
left-hander Joe Saunders, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports. Kubatko
adds that while there’ve been rumors to the contrary, the Orioles are not
interested in free agent right-hander Kyle Lohse.
Executive vice president Dan Duquette remains in contact
with left-hander Joe Saunders’ agent. Some members of the national media keep
trying to link the Orioles to Kyle Lohse, but they don't give out big contracts
to free-agent pitchers and they'd rather hold onto their first-round pick.
The Orioles currently have a projected starting four that
includes Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman.
Baltimore could use an in-house candidate, Jake Arrieta, Zach Britton, Brian
Matusz, Tommy Hunter, Steve Johnson or T.J. McFarland, to fill their final
Or, the O’s could look to add a starter this winter.
Saunders was successful during his short stint with the club last season and
the team continues to be tied to the left-hander. While Lohse would fit the
bill of a veteran starter, Baltimore is hesitant to surrender the draft pick it
would take to sign him.
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