Hammel’s head-turning numbers put him just outside the top five in wins, ERA, Ks and batting average against among American League starting pitchers. He also ranks 5th in the AL in WAR, 5th in FIP, and 4th in xFIP.
The Orioles could use some consistency and lack a big bat that can stabilize a lineup. They could use a player to help fill the gap up the middle, or someone at the hot corner who can provide an offensive and defensive upgrade.
Is he the right guy? Certainly he has solid experience in scouting and player development, and previous experience as a GM. Here is a brief overview of each critical area of responsibility.
Pitching is still a giant need for the Orioles and it is one of the weakest crops over the last few seasons. The Orioles need a guy to pair with Jeremy Guthrie to hold down the fort and lessen the stress on the bullpen.
While the O’s 2011 starting rotation had its share of problems, their bullpen also struggled throughout the season. Here’s a look at next year’s bullpen.
With Andy MacPhail‘s contract expiring at the end of 2011, it’s time to look at possible replacements.
Instead of focusing on what the Orioles received from the Rangers, I want to take some time to recognize Koji’s time in Baltimore.