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Where Can The Orioles Find A Left-Handed Starter?


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38 minutes ago, clapdiddy said:

I don't care if we add a left-handed or right-handed starter.   I just want quality starters.

This.  I'd like them to have a lefty or two in the rotation, but not if it means having pitchers the quality of Wade Miley.  Sad part is, he'll probably figure it out when he's about 35 and have 3 or 4 good years.  Look at Rich Hill.  Would've been nice if he could've figured it out when we had him....

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The Orioles own a club option on left-hander Wade Miley. The prospect of the team exercising a $12 million option seemed to be a legitimate possibility going into the final month of the season – especially forecasting the free-agent market for left-handed starters. But Miley posted a 12.56 ERA over his final four starts and it appears the Orioles will send him to free agency by giving him a $500,000 buyout.

While adding a quality left-hander makes sense, the 2016 acquisition of Miley – which was done at the 2016 trade deadline to add to the team’s all-righty rotation – goes to show that balancing a rotation doesn’t necessarily work out.

The options are bare internally: The Orioles have left-hander Jayson Aquino, who is out of minor league options this spring, and they could continue to stretch out left-hander Tanner Scott, who didn’t thrown more than 3 2/3 innings in a game last season.

All the possible veteran left-handed starter options on the free-agent market present their risks.

The class is headlined by Kansas City Royals lefty Jason Vargas, who will be 35 next Opening Day, and New York Yankees 37-year-old CC Sabathia.

Vargas went 18-11 with a 4.16 ERA for a Kansas City team that didn’t meet expectations in 2017. Vargas pitched 179 2/3 innings and made 32 starts in his first full season coming off Tommy John surgery. He was 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA in 17 starts in the first half, but hit a wall coming out of the break. He went 4-7 with an 8.13 ERA over an 11-start span before finding his footing again in September.



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