Orioles could benefit from free agent pitching glut

Orioles could benefit from free agent pitching glut
January 3, 2014, 2:30 pm
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Six weeks until spring training starts, and amazingly, there are still well over 30 starting pitchers still available as free agents. They range from A to Z.

Yes, according to MLBTradeRumors.com, there’s Alfredo Aceves and Barry Zito, and lots more in between.

The most coveted will be Masahiro Tanaka, who will be available from Japan later this month.

Bronson Arroyo is still on the list. So are A.J. Burnett, Matt Garza, Ubaldo Jimenez and Ervin Santana.

Some of those listed above have been linked with the Orioles, and some of those available are former Orioles: Erik Bedard, Bruce Chen, Freddy Garcia, Jason Hammel, Jair Jurrjens and Joe Saunders.

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There are plenty of pitchers who could be available on one-year contracts whose names have been mentioned as Orioles possibilities: Chris Capuano, Chad Gaudin, Jerome Williams, and maybe even Johan Santana, who is recovering from shoulder surgery last April.

It would seem logical that it’s turning into a buyer’s market, and the Orioles could benefit from this seeming glut of starting pitchers.