Joe Saunders is expected to choose a team this week, and maybe there will be some interest in Michael Bourn or Kyle Lohse.
Free agency drags on, and with spring training's starting in just three weeks, teams and players are getting eager to put their finishing touches on this year’s roster.
Saunders was looking for a four-year deal last month. He’ll be fortunate to get one half that long. He could sign with the Orioles or go elsewhere.
Dan Duquette said last week that he likes Saunders, and he’d like to sign a veteran starting pitcher before spring training.
According to MLBTrade Rumors.com, there are still about free agent starters available with Lohse and Saunders the two most prominent.
Another is Shaun Marcum, last with Milwaukee. He’s been linked with a few clubs, but not the Orioles.
Others on the list have injury issues (Daisuke Matsuzaka, Chien Ming-Wang, Randy Wolf) or are just plain old (Derek Lowe, Kevin Millwood, Jamie Moyer). Roy Oswalt isn’t sure he wants to pitch any longer, and Carlos Zambrano has anger issues and doesn’t seem to be a logical fit in Baltimore.
When Jair Jurrjens was cut loose by Atlanta, there was some talk the Orioles were interested in him, but he hasn’t signed with anyone, though there’s talk that Colorado is interested in him.
Jurrjens plans to pitch for the Netherlands in the World Baseball Classic, a point that could turn o off the Orioles and hurt his chances for making a club. It’s one thing for an established p pitcher to miss three weeks of spring training, and yet another for a guy trying to make the team.
Besides Wolf, who doesn’t plan to play this season after Tommy John surgery, Millwood and Moyer, there are a number of former Orioles still looking for jobs: Jeremy Accardo, Kevin Gregg, Bill Hall, LaTroy Hawkins, Rich Hill, Aubrey Huff, Will Ohman, Ronny Paulino, J.C. Romero, Luke Scott, and Jim Thome.