BALTIMORE, MD: Jeremy Guthrie #46 of the Baltimore Orioles pitches during a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians at Orioles Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Orioles Listening To Offers For RHP Jeremy Guthrie, Others

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MLB Trade Rumors: Orioles Weighing Options With Jeremy Guthrie

There hasn't been much talk about Jeremy Guthrie lately, perhaps because he's got (gulp) 14 losses this season, just two seasons removed from leading the American League with (gulp) 17 losses. Here's the thing, though ... Guthrie has actually pitched pretty well this season: 4.33 ERA, with his peripherals dead even with the rest of his career. Granted, with hitting down again this season, having the same numbers doesn't mean they're exactly as good ... but Guthrie's still basically the same pitcher he's always been, a No. 3 or 4 starter (for a good team) who's going to give you six or seven innings every five days.

Which makes him fairly valuable, at least to contenders with thin rotations. Thus, this shouldn't be all that surprising:

#Orioles thinking about offers for Uehara, Lee and Guthrie. Teams interested in Guthrie are Det, Cleve and Pitts.less than a minute ago via web Favorite Retweet Reply

 

Detroit and Cleveland, a game-and-a-half apart at the top of the American League Central table, are famously thin. If the Pirates are really interested, it tells you they're tired of Jason McDonald's inability to pitch seven innings; he hasn't done that even once this season, in 20 starts.

This season's lost, for the Orioles. The thing they tried, it didn't work. Now it's time to cut their losses, and that means trading (relatively) high-priced veterans like Guthrie and Derrek Lee for any prospects and payroll relief they can get.

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MLB Trade Rumors: Tigers Looking At Jeremy Guthrie

The Orioles are way, way, way out of contention and obviously need to be thinking about 2012 and beyond. Which means veteran players are on the table. Or one of them, anyway. From Jon Paul Morosi:

Add another name to the Tigers’ list of potential pitching acquisitions: Baltimore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

The Tigers have interest in Guthrie, sources say, but he’s behind the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda on their wish list.

As he probably should be. But Guthrie's a solid starting pitcher, much better than his 3-13 record this season suggests. Guthrie's durable, and his 4.12 ERA over the last five seasons is better than American League-average. If Guthrie were to join the Tigers, he would immediately become their third-best starter, behind only Justin Verlander and (arguably) Max Scherzer.

The club has to be careful, though. Supposedly one trade target for potential trading partners is Charlie Furbush ... but Furbush might be nearly as good as Guthrie right now. And when you calculate Furbush's value over the next six seasons -- during which he'll be under team control -- vs. Guthrie's over the time when he's under team control -- the rest of this season, plus next season -- it might be hard to argue for a deal like that.

Of course, just based on future value it's always tough to justify a deal like that.

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