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Orioles to go for starters with multiple years of control at Deadline (report)

Orioles to go for starters with multiple years of control at Deadline (report)
Orioles to go for starters with multiple years of control at Deadline (report)

The Orioles are in a great position with the All-Star break approaching, leading the American League East Division by three games over the Yankees and with one of the best records in all of baseball (57-33), Baltimore still has some issues to address heading into the Trade Deadline, especially in a rotation that has been plagued by injuries.

The Orioles are likely to show more urgency than last year, when their big move was to go for pitcher Jack Flaherty in a trade with the Cardinals.

While the Orioles bolstered their rotation with the addition of ace Corbin Burnes in the offseason, Burnes will be eligible for free agency at the end of this year and Kyle Bradish, John Means and Tyler Wells are all expected to miss most of 2025 following their respective elbow surgeries. According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, the club will need to add as many as three starters before next season. As a result, the Orioles will likely look to make trades this summer that could help strengthen their rotation beyond 2024.

The question is how aggressive they will be in pursuing a starter with multiple years of salary control. Baltimore certainly has the young talent to acquire the biggest fish on the market: White Sox left-hander Garrett Crochet, who is having a breakout age-25 season and is under contract through 2026.

However, if the Orioles don’t want to part with their top prospects, they could explore trades involving some of their veteran position players — such as Ryan Mountcastle, Cedric Mullins, Anthony Santander and Austin Hays — knowing they have replacements ready to take over those roles, Rosenthal said.

 
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