When the Orioles reach the point of their winter that they consider pursuing a free agent or two or three, should starting pitching be on the list?
If you lock in Alex Cobb, Andrew Cashner and Dylan Bundy to head up a rotation of five, maybe those final two spots should be left for young pitchers. There is a long list of potential candidates for those two spots to include David Hess, John Means, Luis Ortiz, Yefry Ramirez, Josh Rogers, Dillon Tateand Jimmy Yacabonis. That is just a partial list of some pitchers currently on the 40-man roster.
That doesn’t even mention someone from the farm not currently on the 40-man roster, such as lefty Keegan Akin, who could progress closer toward the majors in 2019.
If the Orioles were to sign a back-of-rotation free agent to eat innings, is that really a wise move? Wouldn’t that just take innings away from a young pitcher the club needs to learn about?
Do we really want to see the Orioles make a one-year deal with someone like Drew Pomeranz, Ervin Santana or Edwin Jackson? They could always go the former-Oriole route for pitchers like Yovani Gallardo, Jeremy Hellickson, Wade Miley and Miguel González. Even Aríel Miranda is out there. Remember him?
I’m fine with seeing pitchers already in the organization fill out the final rotation spots. Or pitchers on the 40-man rotate in and out of those spots over 162 games.