The Orioles signed right-hander Dan Straily to a major league deal Friday, the team announced, filling out a starting rotation that even with Alex Cobb returning Thursday was still one major league starter short.
Straily, 30, is a veteran of seven major league seasons with five different teams, most recently the Miami Marlins. He made 56 starts over the last two seasons for the Marlins, with a 4.20 ERA, but was released at the end of spring training.
“We pursued Dan Straily immediately once he became available,” Orioles executive vice president and general manager Mike Elias said in a statement. “He’s the type of accomplished Major League starter who will help stabilize our pitching staff. We are hoping to work him into our rotation soon.”
Depending on how ready he is to pitch in the majors, Straily will alleviate a headache for the Orioles in terms of their pitching staff. Right-hander Nate Karns has started two of their first seven games as an “opener” of bullpen games, and the resulting strain has made the Orioles’ relief corps the most taxed in baseball.
The Orioles don’t have another off day until April 25, meaning they’ll have four turns through the rotation until then, and a bullpen game by choice will drain the relievers even further.