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O’s looking to acquire Duchscherer, might have made offer

Jan 30, 2011, 4:38 PM EDT

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There are only a couple of free agents remaining on the open market who could have real value in 2011.  Justin Duchscherer is one of them.

The 33-year-old right-hander boasts an excellent 3.13 career ERA and 1.14 career WHIP across eight major league seasons.  He has struggled to stay healthy in recent years, but his numbers have remained strong during the times that he has not on the disabled list and he told Britt Ghiroli of MLB.com last week that he is “pretty much 100 percent” heading into spring training this season.

The Nationals are hoping to land him, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.  The Mariners want him too, a source told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.  The Orioles are also in the running, and they might have the best shot right now.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, Baltimore is “in the lead” for Duchscherer and may have already given him a one-year major league contract offer.

The right-hander would probably get a chance to land one of the final spots in the O’s staring rotation this spring.  Brian Matusz is a lock, Jeremy Guthrie is too.  But Duchscherer could probably beat out some of the other young pitchers in Orioles camp if he simply shows that his hip is intact.

  1. randomdigits - Jan 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    Dan Connolly of the Sun tweeted:

    The #Orioles and #Nats are left as 2 finalists for #Duchscherer. #Mariners are out. Also, Orioles have made a major-league offer for sure

  2. phukyouk - Jan 30, 2011 at 7:25 PM

    how does it make any sense that the Yanks give Colon a contract but not this guy?

  3. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 30, 2011 at 7:59 PM

    How does it make any sense that Duchscherer is still a free agent at all in the final days of January.

    The dude is too good when healthy–and he’s been healthy about as often as Brandon Webb/Erik Bedard/etc… who signed months ago–to not be signed by now.

    • phukyouk - Jan 30, 2011 at 8:19 PM

      well that too. this whole off season has been one big mindfu*k I think starting with Cliff Lee.

  4. jobatime62 - Jan 30, 2011 at 10:50 PM

    That picture is epic, where did you find that picture of Duchscherer?

  5. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 31, 2011 at 12:00 AM

    According to the fine folks at ESPN, this thing is official: The deal, which is pending completion of a physical exam, could pay Duchscherer up to $4.5 million in salary and incentives, the source said.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=6075683&campaign=rss&source=MLBHeadlines

    • uyf1950 - Jan 31, 2011 at 3:33 AM

      I saw the same thing on Yahoo Sports. The offer is for: $750K : $1.1M if he makes the ML club and an additional $3.4M in incentives. So the total if he makes the ML club and reaches all the incentives which you have to assume is probably based on games/starts pitched would be $4.5M That seems like a lot for a guy who has only pitched 20+ innings in 3 years. I have been advocating on this site that the Yankees should give him a shot but I don’t know for that kind of money if that would have made sense. Especially where if he made the Yankees roster he would have only been the #5 to knock Mitre out of the rotation. I’m not sure if for that kind of money either Millwood who can give you innings and if he could possibly get away from that one big inning early in the game wouldn’t be a better choice or Garcia (who I really don’t like for Yankee stadium) can probably be had for about $3M. I guess right now short of a trade for the Yankees the pickings are pretty, pretty slim. But I have to say either right now are better alternatives than Mitre. I sure hope Andy makes a decision soon and decides to come back for opening day. The opening day roster would look a whole lot better with CC, Andy, Hughes, AJ & Nova then CC, Hughes, AJ, Nova and Mitre/Millwood or Garcia.

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