Showalter says veteran pitcher addition isn't imperative

Showalter says veteran pitcher addition isn't imperative
February 1, 2014, 4:45 pm

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BALTIMORE – Buck Showalter has had enough of the offseason. He’s ready for spring training.

“Get down there and attack some things that we want to attack,” Showalter said at Saturday’s FanFest, which drew 15,000. That's the second highest crowd behind only last year's 18,000.

Pitchers and catchers report to Sarasota, Fla. on Feb. 13.

“I feel good about the upside of some guys. They’re in a good spots in their lives and careers,” Showalter said.

Dan Duquette said that he hoped to sign additional pitching, but Showalter says that’s not imperative.

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“I don’t think it has to happen. If it does, it does. It depends on who it is. Just because somebody has played X number of years doesn’t make him a good presence,” Showalter said. “The biggest prerequisite is being able to pitch well. The rest takes care of itself.”

Showalter doesn’t spend a lot of time comparing his team’s moves with others in the AL East and isn’t pining for a veteran starter.

“I don’t think it’s something we can’t survive without and compete. If it’s the right guy, it would make it easier,” Showalter said. “I haven’t dwelled on it much.”

Showalter will interview a video coordinator to help with video replay on Monday.