DD has previously said multiple times he thinks the team is pretty much set. With Joe Saunders asking for multiple years and Kyle Lohse costing a draft pick, could Duquette be willing to give the majority of starts to Steve Johnson, TJ McFarland, Zach Britton, and/or Tsuyoshi Wada? I like how DD has planned this off-season so far- not overpaying/giving out stupid contracts, not making a move just to make a move, and not trading our young pitching if other teams don't place the same value on them as we do- but I certainly hope he signs another starter. I'd say the first four rotation spots are set- Hammel, Chen, Tillman, and Gonzalez- and the first six bullpen spots are set- Johnson, O'Day, Patton, Hunter, Ayala, and Strop- but another starter would make the Orioles a deeper team. Tsuyoshi Wada- by the way, I'am curious to see how Wada does. He is older and doesn't have the stuff Chen does, but his stats are almost as good.- would presumably be the 6th starter after spending some time in extended spring training. Steve Johnson
and TJ McFarland
can compete for the 7th spot in the bullpen, and injury might make that competition easier. Zach Britton, along with Jake Arrieta
and Brian Matusz, can spend a good portion of the year working with Rick Petersen- assuming he is still with us- as starters for the Norfolk Tides.