O's lowering the bar?


Jon Morosi of FOX Sports says that the Baltimore Orioles are "talking with" a pair of left-handed free agent starters: Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano. That news didn't seem to please Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, who reacted negatively to the courting of Saunders by saying that Orioles need a top of the rotation starter. "He's not it."

More from Kubatko on the Orioles plans at pitcher: "Signing Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana would give the Orioles a veteran starter at the expense of the 17th overall pick in the draft, as well as a sizable amount of cash. They've been checking on both pitchers at various stages of the winter, just in case they couldn't reach agreement with A.J. Burnett or Bronson Arroyo.

"Arroyo is headed to Arizona. Burnett would prefer to stay in the National League, according to sources... If the Orioles go that route (Saunders or Capuano) they will hold onto their draft pick and still lack a veteran who slots directly behind Chris Tillman."