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January 30, 2014

Rumor Roundup

Orioles Adding Arms?

by Daniel Rathman


The Orioles’ plan: two arms in two weeks
Orioles pitchers and catchers are required to report to the team’s spring training facility in Sarasota, Florida, by February 13. According to Andrew Rickli of SportsReel Boston, if Dan Duquette has his way, that group will include two newcomers by the time everyone heads south.

Rickli elaborated in a subsequent tweet that the pair of pitchers would probably be one starter and one reliever, though his source did not rule out the possibility that both would figure into manager Buck Showalter’s rotation. Baltimore’s starting five currently features Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris, and Wei-Yin Chen, with one vacant spot that could go to Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, or someone lower on the totem pole based on what happens in Grapefruit League play. The bullpen is largely set, with free-agent addition Ryan Webb taking the spot vacated by Jim Johnson, but the current arrangement leaves Showalter without an experienced closer. And that’s why the Orioles’ plan probably involves one mid-rotation-type starter and a reliever with ninth-inning experience.

The Orioles nearly filled the latter opening with Grant Balfour, but the right-hander’s wrist and knee were concern enough for the club to let him get away and eventually sign with the Rays. Now, the pitcher that Balfour will supplant in Maddon’s bullpen could be on the fast track to Baltimore.

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