The Orioles HAVE to acquire at least one starter. The season is over the moment the Orioles walk into Spring Training with a starting five of Chris Tillman, Wei Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris, and Kevin Gausman. Not only is that a bad starting five, but the depth behind that is atrocious. The first three of that bunch of decent middle of the rotation starters, but they would have to stay completely healthy, 31 starts each. Bud Norris is a fringe major league starter and Gausman has little minor league experience. The depth behind that includes Zach Britton, Steve Johnson, Brian Matusz, T.J. McFarland, Josh Stinson and Liam Hendriks. Awful. All of those pitchers are(should be) relievers. Even with a major league acquisition, they would have to avoid the disabled list. This was Baltimore's starting pitchers outside of the top three;
Bud Norris - 4.69 ERA in nine starts.
Jason Hammel - 5.14 ERA in 23 starts.
Zach Britton - 5.45 ERA in seven starts.
Freddy Garcia - 5.88 ERA in 10 starts.Jake Arrieta
- 7.23 ERA in five starts.
Kevin Gausman - 7.66 ERA in five starts.
Jair Jurrjens - 7.20 ERA in one start.
Josh Stinson - 7.94 ERA in one start.T.J. McFarland
- 10.12 ERA in one start.
Steve Johnson - 13.50 ERA in one start.
Dear management, do the right thing and sign a pitcher. It doesn't have to be Tanaka, although signing him would sure set things right with the fan-base. Ubaldo Jiminez and Ervin Santana are attached to draft pick compensation, so I get it if you guys don't sign them. There's no reason to not use that money saved on the TV deal, and the Jim Johnson trade to sign one of Matt Garza, Bronson Arroyo, or AJ Burnett, AND Chris Capuano.
1. Chris Tillman
2. Wei Yin Chen
3. Miguel Gonzalez
4. Matt Garza/Bronson Arroyo/AJ Burnett
5. Bud Norris
*6. Chris Capuano