Orioles won't pursue high-priced starters

USA TODAY Sports

Big-ticket free agents don't appear to be a part of the Orioles plan.

Orioles general manager Dan Duquette is stressing a reliance on the development of Baltimore's farm system for solutions in the rotation rather than targeting high-priced free agents, according to MASN Sports' Roch Kubatko.

Baltimore has lost a few key players from last year's team that finished 3rd in AL East at 85-77. Nate McLouth, Scott Feldman, and Jim Johnson have moved on to new teams and the O's have only made moor additions so far -- leading to speculation that the team could be interested in upper-tier free agents. Duquette doesn't seem to be considering player like Masahiro Tanaka, Ubaldo Jimenez, or Ervin Santana, despite occasional rumors suggesting otherwise. The latter two of those would cost the Orioles a compensation pick in the first round of 2014's draft as well, which would impede the reloading of the farm system.

In-house options for the rotation include 2013 reliever and former starter Brian Matusz, as well as the highly regarded righty Kevin Gausman. Bud Norris remains a possibility as well, though, the Orioles are also considering switching him to the bullpen to be the team's closer. Baltimore's rotation finished 12th in the American League last year with a 4.57 ERA, whereas the average was a far more tolerable 4.15. Losing Feldman won't aid them in improving that figure next season, and the loss of Johnson puts a strain on the bullpen, but a few breakout performances from their young arms would go a long way toward getting them to where the pitching needs to be.

More from SB Nation MLB:

Mariners, Cano agree to 10-year deal | $200 million club | Everyone got what they wanted | Short-term win for Seattle

The Jack Zduriencik All-Stars and trading for David Price

Yelp reviews of the 2013 Blue Jays season

Yanks keep Kuroda & sign Beltran | Napoli back to Boston | Mets ink Granderson | More rumors

Death of a Ballplayer: Wrongly convicted prospect spends 27 years in prison

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.