We can all assume that Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, and Wei-Yin Chen are locks for three of the five starting pitcher spots. There are many options internally that we could choose from, most notably Kevin Gausman and Bud Norris. However, bringing in an elite starting pitcher is going to be essential in the Orioles' hunt for the post-season in 2014. Among the available free agents in our price range, there are multiple options that would fit well with the big league team. Dan Duquette would most likely sign a pitcher to a short-term deal, for as cheap as possible. Bronson Arroyo is the one that stands out the most to me. I understand that he is not the "premiere" number one starter among our rotation, but consistency is the most important aspect for our team. If our lineup can produce runs like they have in the past two seasons, a pitcher that can produce quality starts. Arroyo has had at least fifteen quality starts in each season since 2004. If Duquette can come up with some sort of deal around 3 years worth around $40 million, we may have a shot at him.
An offer worth $14.1 million for one year was extended to Ervin Santana this past week by the Royals. I highly doubt the O's front office will take any action towards signing Santana, although I think we should. Santana was arguable the Royals best pitcher this past season, the only debate being James Shields(my favorite pitcher ever). Santana impressed in his first season with the Royals, and had been more of a roller-coaster ride for the Angels. Santana will turn 31 this off-season, and I believe he is just heading into his prime. If we cannot get Arroyo, Santana is my next best option. Look for a deal between 1-3 years worth at least $10 million per year.
Jason Hammel and Scott Feldman are among the in-house options we could go for. I'm not a huge fan of either, but when Hammel is healthy he is electric. I also believe Feldman would not be a bad option for long relief out of the pen. I posted a previous blog regarding the Jim Johnson situation, and if my prediction pans out(trade heeeem), our bullpen could move on and use Tommy Hunter and maybe even Kevin Gausman towards the back end.
I will keep a close eye on this situation and post any further information.