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Orioles interested in free agents Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano

Feb 8, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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Jon Morosi of FOX Sports is reporting that the Orioles are talking with free agent starters Joe Saunders and Chris Capuano. The Orioles had previously shown interest in A.J. Burnett; their newfound interest in Saunders and Capuano could indicate that they have moved on in their pursuit of starting pitching.

Saunders pitched for the Orioles briefly in 2012, posting a 3.63 ERA in seven starts. The 32-year-old spent 2013 with the Mariners, finishing with a 5.26 ERA in 183 innings.

Capuano, 35, has spent the last two seasons with the Dodgers. He finished 2012 with a 3.72 over 33 starts. Last season, he made just 20 starts, suffering from a left calf strain, a strained lat in his pitching shoulder, and a strained left groin.

  1. rockthered1286 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    At the rate the O’s are going, it won’t be long til we hear rumors of interest in Jamie Moyer.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 8, 2014 at 11:35 PM

      At least the O’s can afford this guy, that’s a lot more then I can say for the bluejays who finished last season out of first place by almost 30 games and have done NOTHING so far this off season except sign a bad catcher and some other guy who nobody knows

      • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Feb 9, 2014 at 3:22 AM

        Do you ever stop?

      • dirtyharry1971 - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:22 AM

        As any woman who has ever spent a night with me, to answer your question…NO

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:43 AM

        Unclean Harold doth protest too much. I doubt that he has spent any night with a woman.

      • spudchukar - Feb 9, 2014 at 1:01 PM

        PC, you are correct, a ten-year-old is to old for DH.

    • mmeyer3387 - Feb 9, 2014 at 8:01 PM

      You may be correct that the Orioles have had a disappointing off season. By no means have they done anything to get excited about. On the other hand, only three of the ten teams that had the largest salaries made the playoffs last year. The teams that spend the most, do not always win. Additionally, the best deals, maybe the ones that are not made. Most free agents want long contracts that go way beyond a player’s prime. I”m sure that the Yanks wish they didn’t give A-Rod such a long contract.

  2. bigguy54 - Feb 9, 2014 at 12:20 AM

    The way Saunders pitched last year Moyer might be a better option.

  3. Charles Gates - Feb 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Capuano, now there’s a lock to pass Baltimore’s physical.

  4. jpalughi823 - Feb 9, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    maybe mark prior isn’t doing anything at this moment

  5. dowhatifeellike - Feb 9, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    If those guys don’t sign, next on the list are Sidney Ponson and Daniel Cabrera.

    • tuberippin - Feb 10, 2014 at 3:27 AM

      I hope they re-sign Daniel Cabrera just so we can watch him futilely try and hit a baseball again.

  6. thebirdsareback - Feb 10, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    The Orioles are not signing any of these old scrubs. This is the media stirring the pot, trying to get stories out. If the Orioles wanted these guys, They’d already have been signed. If the orioles add a veteran arm, its gonna be AJ or they will trade. I think the powers at be are higher on this team then a lot of these so called “fans” are. The Orioles will be a competitive squad regardless of future acquisitions this year,

    • beachnbaseball - Feb 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM

      You’re not just drinking the orange Kool-Aid, you’re drowning in it! The Orioles spoke to Burnett’s reps in early December; 2 months ago! “Diddlin’ Dan” Duquette will tell the fans how hard the Orioles tried but they just couldn’t get it done. In reality, Burnett wants nothing to with the Orioles. His tats alone would cause him to fail the physical. He’ll go back to the Pirates or he might even sign with the Nats. Hope you enjoy the view from last place in 2014.

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