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Orioles remain in contact with left-hander Joe Saunders, unlikely to pursue righty Kyle Lohse

Dec 29, 2012, 7:02 PM EDT

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MASN’s Roch Kubatko provides the scoop:

Executive vice president Dan Duquette remains in contact with left-hander Joe Saunders‘ agent. Some members of the national media keep trying to link the Orioles to Kyle Lohse, but they don’t give out big contracts to free-agent pitchers and they’d rather hold onto their first-round pick.

Lohse registered a stellar 2.86 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in 211 innings (33 starts) last season with the Cardinals, but the 34-year-old hasn’t been able to attract much interest this winter because of the draft pick compensation and because there is a perception that he will struggle away from St. Louis — where he revitalized his career under former pitching coach Dave Duncan.

Saunders, 31, posted a 4.07 ERA and 1.34 WHIP in 174 2/3 innings (28 starts) between the Diamondbacks and Orioles in 2012. He has been linked so far this offseason to the O’s, Mets, Mariners and Padres.

  1. proudlycanadian - Dec 29, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    The Red Sox should go for Loshe. He would only cost them a second round draft pick.

  2. Jackson - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

    The Orioles may be one to something. According to FanGraphs, both pitchers have a career WHIP of 1.37 and Loshe owns the higher career BABIP between the two.

    • Jackson - Dec 29, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      On*

  3. lewp - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:44 AM

    Reblogged this on Lewp’s Weblog.

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