Monday, July 1, 2013
O's pitching targets
By Jason A. Churchill
The Baltimore Orioles continue to look for starting pitching help, reports Dan Connolly of theBaltimore Sun.
Connolly mentions mentions right-handers Ricky Nolasco, Jake Peavy, Matt Garza, Edinson Volquez, Andrew Cashner and Bud Norris, as well as lefty Joe Saunders among those in which the club has interest.
Connolly adds that the Orioles aren't likely to be willing to move top prospects for rentals, which limits their options and complicates the entire process. Eduardo Rodriguez, the club's top left-handed pitching prospect, could be among the bait.
Baltimore is joined by the Giants and Dodgers, perhaps among others, in their pursuit of Nolasco. The Padres may be buyers and in that case aren't likely to move Volquez or Cashner. Last week, we learned that the White Sox are open for business.
FanGraphs' Paul Swydan, writing for ESPN Insider, explains why the O's are in such desperate need for rotation help:
Paul SwydanThe O's "five"-man rotation
"It's hard to know who's in and who's out on a daily basis, given how many pitchers the O's have shuffled through. Ten different pitchers have started games for Baltimore this season. Of them, only three -- Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman -- have pitched well enough to retain their starting spot as we move into the second half. The bottom line is that their starting rotation -- which ranks 28th in FIP- -- is not getting the job done."