The Baltimore Orioles are considering bringing back two right-handed relievers.
David Hernandez is one free agent who apparently interests the Orioles, at least enough to kick the tires on him, to borrow a popular offseason phrase. They’re also open to re-signing Vance Worley after non-tendering him due to his projected $3.3 million salary next season.
You may remember Hernandez, 31, who last played for the Orioles in 2010. He was the Orioles’ fifth-round pick in 2005, starting out as a starter. Then, he became a reliever, where he became a better pitcher. He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks before the 2011 season, along with fellow pitcher Kam Mickolio for first baseman/third baseman/designated hitter Mark Reynolds.
He would pitch for Arizona for four seasons, logging 233.3 innings, a 3.54 ERA and 274 strikeouts. Last season, Hernandez pitched 70 2/3 innings, with a 3.84 ERA and 80 strikeouts for the Philadelphia Phillies.
Worley played for the Orioles just last season. He finished with a 3.53 ERA, 86.2 innings pitched and 56 strikeouts. He was also the swingman for Baltimore, starting in four games. The “Vanimal” 3.75 ERA over the course of his seven-year career.
Looking at these two player, one has to weigh the ability to start as a factor to sign them. The Orioles are a team full of moving parts in their bullpen and their starting staff. If Ubaldo Jimenez, Wade Miley and Yovani Gallardo pitch as poorly as they did last season, someone needs to stop the bleeding. If it was my guess, I’d expect to see Worley back in an Orioles uniform.
Worley has been very solid for the Orioles, so why not bring him back? Their is also a possibly that reliever Brad Brach is dealt in a trade. There may be room for Hernandez in the Orioles bullpen, if that were to happen. The Orioles also acquired Logan Verrett earlier on in the offseason. So maybe the idea is to retool the bullpen with cheaper and more flexible arms.