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O’s might be open to trading Chris Tillman this winter

Nov 27, 2011, 12:17 PM EDT

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Chris Tillman was a second-round pick of the Mariners back in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He posted intriguing strikeout numbers at a few different levels of Single-A between 2006-2007 before being dealt in an offseason trade to the Orioles in 2008.

That’s when his profile really began rising.

Tillman registered a 3.18 ERA and 154/65 K/BB ratio across 135 2/3 innings for the O’s Triple-A affiliate in 2008, and was rated 22nd on Baseball America‘s Top 100 prospect rankings heading into the 2009 season. In July of 2009, he made his major league debut against the Royals to a good degree of hype.

But it’s been mostly downhill since then for Tillman, and now Roch Kubatko of MASN is hearing that Baltimore “would be willing to” trade the young righty this offseason if they’re able to find interest.

The 6-foot-5 Tillman posted a 5.52 ERA and 46/25 K/BB ratio in 62 innings this year in the majors and a 5.87 ERA over 53 2/3 innings in 2010. Even on an O’s roster that is short on reliable starting arms, he’s a longshot to land a spot in the 2012 Opening Day rotation. So rather than asking the 23-year-old to transition into a reliever, thus stunting his long-term potential, the O’s might go ahead and try to find him a new team.

  1. fellspointbird - Nov 27, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    At 23 years old, he’s still got time. He just needs to develop more.

    • JBerardi - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:11 PM

      If Tillman keeps “developing” the way he has, he’ll be out of pro ball soon. The guy has been losing velocity and otherwise going backwards as a pitcher since he reached the bigs.

  2. pisano - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    As the saying goes,” They (the O’s) want to get out while the gettings good”. JBerardl hit it on the head with his post.

  3. dowhatifeellike - Nov 27, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    At first I was disappointed with Tillman’s development, but then I considered how we completely robbed Seattle on that trade and I feel better. Even if Tillman proves to be a dud it was still a great trade.

  4. zonedogz - Nov 27, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Chris Tillman played for the O’s? That’s an oxymoron isn’t it?

  5. bbk1000 - Nov 28, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Exciting news, on a similar note the Oakland A’s are thinking about trading Todd Van Poppel…..

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