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Orioles are now willing to give up their pick to sign a pitcher

Feb 15, 2014, 11:20 PM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez AP AP

The Orioles have arguably had the worst off-season of any Major League team. They had the much-publicized contract snafus with closer Grant Balfour and outfielder Tyler Colvin, backing out of contracts with both at the last minute. They traded closer Jim Johnson and, as some have stated, whiffed on the return.

Most importantly, though, the Orioles have needed to bolster their starting rotation and they have not done that. They recently signed Korean pitcher Suk-Min Yoon, but it remains to be seen how he will contribute. They were interested in Bronson Arroyo, but he signed with the Diamondbacks, citing the Balfour and Colvin issues as a deterrent from playing in Baltimore. They were interested in A.J. Burnett, who wanted to play near his home in Maryland, but lost that battle to the Phillies.

Now, with few options and the regular season drawing ever closer, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Orioles are willing to give up their first round pick, 17th overall, to sign an impact starting pitcher like Ubaldo Jimenez or Ervin Santana. As Rosenthal notes, the Orioles are built to compete within the window of the 2014-15 seasons. They would be foolish to enter the regular season without having addressed their most glaring need. Rosenthal adds that if the Orioles decide to stay in-house, they could turn to 2012 first rounder Kevin Gausman to round out the rotation. Still, their depth behind Gausman is lacking and would find themselves  scrambling in the event of an injury.

  1. oldschoolnflman - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Thumbs up for ubaldo thumbs down for Santana…who is the Better fit for the O’s

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:47 AM

      Take Ervin!

  2. fomeols - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:44 PM

    No! This is a bad idea!
    The remaining pictures want to many years and too much money.
    We could have gotten some worthwhile acquisitions earlier in the off-season, but the remaining pitchers are not good fits.
    Now it’s best tongi with what we have, or explore worthwhile trades.
    Which is what we need to do at other positions as well…

    • uyf1950 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

      Just for future reference: pitchers NOT pictures. Have a good day.

  3. tomtravis76 - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:08 AM

    On paper you might question the Orioles starting pitcher, but nobody knows who is going to have a breakout season or just play way above expectations. If you can get Santana, get him, he throws hard and can take up alot of innings.

    The only positions that are not sure things are 2nd, LF and DH. Reimold has the opportunity to be an everyday guy. It’s a long season, gotta stay healthy.

  4. cocheese000 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:25 AM

    That draft pick means nothing. Besides mike mussina what starting pitcher have we drafted that has been really good?

  5. syphermce - Feb 16, 2014 at 3:30 AM

    This would be nice for the Orioles….if there was a pitcher actually worth a draft pick left on the free agent market. They should just stick with what they got now and see what’s available next offseason.

  6. rockthered1286 - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    I’m on the same page as most here- keep the draft pick. Both Ubaldo and Santana have checkered pasts as far as success goes and neither is truly dominant. Giving up a pick for an ace or a #2? Sure. Giving up a pick for a mid rotation guy when we have a ton of them already? Not exactly ideal.

    O’s fans… I really miss Andy McPhail. And before you question that remember this- the McPhail regime was responsible for the Bundy and Machado drafts, the Bedard for Adam Jones and Chris Tillman trade, bringing in JJ Hardy, and the trade that brought Crush Davis to Baltimore as well. That man knew how to make things happen. Duke is a yes man who knows how to get by on a budget. His biggest move so far has been acquisitions of guys like Chunk Davis, Scott Feldman, Randy Wolf, K Rod, Etc. All back end rotation guys who are okay but not great. McPhail built this team into a winner. Duke is hardly maintaining that and has done nothing to grow it. And the sad part? We let get walk because we didn’t immediately gefwt better, but Duke gets a pass despite our team not doing anything to improve during his tenure. I’m starting a bring back McPhail campaign.

    • proudlycanadian - Feb 16, 2014 at 7:49 AM

      Well said.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:55 AM

      don’t forget where, as reussie used to call him, “young andrew” learned his trade.

  7. dlgdc - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    Bill: Bronson Arroyo didn’t cite the Balfour and Colvin issues as his reason for not signing with the Orioles. A Baltimore writer mentioned it could have been a reason. Sorry to nitpick but I haven’t seen any quotes from Arroyo in which he said that was the reason. It certainly could have been a reason for going with Arizona but he didn’t say it (not yet anyway).

  8. scoobies05 - Feb 16, 2014 at 8:21 AM

    rockthered, I am with you on how unappreciated mcphail was to the Orioles recent success and how he is responsible to the makeup to this team(he got Davis here too). but I don’t believe duquette isn’t signing guys because he doesn’t want to spend money. that is all coming from Angelos. uncle Pete said if we were ever close he would spend and as usual he is lying and pocketing money. he owns the team to make money. I am of the belief that 2012 was in a way bad for us. we won with a low payroll so he wants us to do it again

  9. rockthered1286 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    I agree with you I think I worded it wrong in regards to Duke: I believe Angelos hired him BECAUSE he has a history of being frugal and thrift shopping. And on top of that he is a yes man. Big time. So while I do believe Petey is the one hiding the checkbook, I also believe Duke is just happy to get his paycheck and has no problem following the gospel of the asbestos king.

    I’m also on board with the thought that 2012 hindered us more than helped. And may I also mention that McPhail strived the build the farm while Duke has effectively burned it down. Watching Avery, DelMonico, and Hoes leave last year for rentals is a prime example. You’re either IN win now mode or OUT. You can’t sell the farm for subpar rentals that won’t put you over the top and hide in the shadows during FA and claim to be all in. I’m just tired of being lies to by the front office.

  10. camdenyard - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    This reminds me of the movie “Escape from Alcatraz”, where the inmates worked for months on their plan for escape, and when the day came one wimped out…and at the last minute tried to join the other 3. But it was too late.

    The Orioles are that wimpy inmate sitting in their cell holding their pick that was so damn precious before, but all of a sudden isn’t anymore. Problem is anyone who is any good is already with a team. It’s borderline criminal that the clowns running that team haven’t figured out that without reliable starting pitching you can have THREE Chris Davises and you’ll still be looking up at the division leader.

  11. scoobies05 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    I’m with you rockthered. I seem to recall two weeks ago hearing reports of 100 million payroll. we are in the mid 80’s and that’s after all teams received an extra 30 in tv revenue. our payroll should easily be 110 to 120. the whole we don’t want to give up a draft pick excuse is nauseating. this isn’t football. and totally sick of being lied to. this team has a core that any team in baseball would love to have…spend the money, get the missing pieces, and let’s do something special!

  12. yordo - Feb 16, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Save the pick and bring up Bundy in the second half. Y u so stupit?

  13. mt10425 - Feb 16, 2014 at 2:03 PM

    My Padres have more pitchers than spots, I’d like to have that pick.

  14. thebirdsareback - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    The only reason you say this is the worst offseason is because you wrote about it so much. If you take a step back and look, it hasnt been that bad. They already have a solid core of young up coming talent. Yes, they do need to improve their starting rotation, but maybe they are just relying on the guys they have ALREADY INVESTED MILLIONS IN TO! This could be a crazy idea, but maybe DD and Buck actually “Like their guys” and want to roll with them instead of giving up on them. This offseason hasnt been bad by any stretch. They improved the bullpen by DUMPING Jim Johnson, who was not as effective as his stats say (Although i normally roll with stats as the end all be all, if you watch this man pitch, and understand the game of baseball, you know exactly what i am talking about) Ryan Webb is a great pick up, And Lough is going to surprise a lot of people as a big upgrade over nate mclouth. We didnt lose much. and now are guys are just one more year closer or into their primes. Id temper the emotions, this squad will be competitive.

  15. phillyshouldsignmaclin - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    With the team that the ORIOLES have assembled (or more accurately not assembled), beer and parking should only be a buck, as at least give the frustrated fans something ….

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