The Baltimore Orioles have a solid group of starting pitching for the first time in awhile.
Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy had pretty solid seasons in 2016. Tillman pitched to a 3.77 ERA, with 140 strikeouts, a 16-6 record, over the course of 172 innings. Gausman had an ERA of 3.61 ERA, with 174 strikeouts, a 9-12 record, over the course of 179.2 innings. These numbers are good, but Bundy’s pitching was the biggest surprise of the season.
Bundy after being a reliever for most of the season, Bundy had 14 starts and had 104 strikeouts. His ERA was 4.02, but you have to remember that he had been injured for the past few seasons. Pitching to a 10-6 record and 109.2 innings, Bundy has shown that he is ready to make the next step.
As for the other starters, they didn’t pitch as well. Ubaldo Jimenez (5.44 ERA) had a horrific start to the season and was constantly used a reliever during the middle of the season. Then he began to heat up after a great start against the Washington Nationals. Offseason acquisition, Yovani Gallardo (5.42 ERA didn’t fare much better). Then, Wade Miley (6.17 ERA) was just bad. Horrible even.
These Orioles could be looking for a player with the Kansas Royals, who are officially in rebuilding mode. Kansas City has considered trading many of their big name players. The players that were mentioned as being on the trade block were Lorenzo Cain, Wade Davis (already traded to Chicago), Danny Duffy, and Jarrod Dyson, but it was also reported by John Perrotto that almost everyone is on the trade block.
Well, except for a few names:
Perez is signed through 2021 and the Royals want to keep him as they transition from the core group that helped them to back-to-back World Series appearances in 2014 and 2015, including a championship in ’15, to a younger team.
The Royals also would like to sign Duffy to a long-term contract extension. His contract expires after next season, along with such other key players as closer Wade Davis, first baseman Eric Hosmer, third baseman Mike Moustakas, shortstop Alcides Escobar, center fielder Lorenzo Cain and right fielder Jarrod Dyson.
Although the Orioles are probably not in the market for a starting pitcher and the Royals don’t want to move Duffy necessarily, Baltimore should take a look at the lefty. He pitched to a 3.51 ERA last season, 12-3 record, with 108 strikeouts, over the course of 179.2 innings. I’m not sure which prospects would be needed to acquire the 27-year old, but it would great to add him nonetheless.
They have also looked at Dyson, who has been a thorn in many pitchers and catchers’ sides by stealing bases. The Orioles may be able to make a one stop shopping experience with the Royals.
Make your move Duquette.