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Tigers interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie

Jul 18, 2011, 12:48 PM EDT

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Matthew Pouliot wrote last week that Detroit’s primary focus heading into the trade deadline should be rotation help, so not surprisingly Jon Paul Morosi of FOXSports.com reports that the Tigers are interested in Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie.

Guthrie has a hideous 3-13 record, but his 4.45 ERA and 80/36 K/BB ratio in 123 innings are pretty close to his career norms and he’s typically been a solid mid-rotation starter.

He’s also 32 years old and earning $5.75 million, so while Guthrie has been the Orioles’ Opening Day starter in three of the past four seasons and is under team control via arbitration in 2012 it would certainly make sense to shop him for long-term help.

Morosi says the Orioles “will want pitching in return” if they deal Guthrie, but ultimately the market for him will be determined largely by whether superior starters like Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda are also being shopped. Guthrie isn’t going to be any contender’s No. 1 target, but if the price is right he’s a reasonable fallback option.

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