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Orioles Notes: Rotation, Nola, Stadium


For the previous yr, the massive query for the Orioles is whether or not they’ll add a high-end beginning pitcher. Whereas Kyle Bradish and Grayson Rodriguez took steps ahead in 2023 (through the second half of the season within the latter’s case), there’s clearly nonetheless room for an additional pitcher who can slot into the higher half of the rotation.

O’s common supervisor Mike Elias acknowledged as a lot through the GM Conferences a number of weeks in the past. Baltimore has completed just about nothing in free company throughout Elias’ five-year tenure. They’re nonetheless but to signal a free agent to a multi-year contract. A lot of that has been amidst a rebuild, so there’s a chance for Elias and his entrance workplace to be extra aggressive.

To that finish, Jeff Passan of ESPN reported this morning that the O’s had proven curiosity in Aaron Nola throughout his free company. There’s no indication that Baltimore ever put forth a proper provide earlier than Nola returned to the Phillies on a seven-year, $172MM contract. The appropriate-hander was clearly going to require a dedication effectively into 9 figures, so the O’s being concerned in any respect hints at some willingness to pursue a notable free agent strike.

Yoshinobu Yamamoto and Blake Snell ought to land extra vital contracts than the one which Nola acquired. Jordan Montgomery, Eduardo Rodriguez and NPB star Shota Imanaga are among the many subsequent tier of free agent starters. Wealthy Dubroff of Baltimore Baseball wrote yesterday that Yamamoto — whom MLBTR predicts for a nine-year, $225MM contract — is more likely to be out of Baltimore’s consolation zone financially.

Free company is just one technique of bringing in pitching expertise. There are a number of notable names who could possibly be obtainable on the commerce market. It’s exhausting to examine the Rays shifting Tyler Glasnow inside the AL East, however every of Dylan Stop and Corbin Burnes have additionally been floated as candidates. Dubroff suggests the O’s have curiosity in each hurlers — no shock given their expertise and the crew’s need for a rotation improve.

Baltimore nonetheless has a top-tier farm system regardless of the prospect graduations of Rodriguez and Rookie of the Yr winner Gunnar Henderson. It’s secure to imagine that duo and high shortstop prospect Jackson Holliday are off the desk in talks. Gamers like Jordan WestburgCoby Mayo and Samuel Basallo are amongst quite a few youthful abilities whom Elias and his employees may make obtainable in the event that they pursued a commerce for a high-end starter (notably one like Stop, who has two seasons of remaining arbitration management).

Additionally on the docket for the Orioles this winter: discovering readability on their lease settlement with the Maryland Stadium Authority. The franchise introduced in late September that they’d agreed to a 30-year lease extension at Camden Yards. At some point later, the Baltimore Solar reported that it was as a substitute a non-binding memorandum of understanding. That settlement would offer the Orioles long-term improvement rights across the stadium however didn’t symbolize an official extension of the lease.

With the present lease expiring on December 31, the Solar’s Jeff Barker reviews that the state and the crew are contemplating decoupling the lease from the event rights to facilitate getting a binding lease in place inside the subsequent 5 weeks. As Barker factors out, the legislative hurdles to be cleared are decrease for the lease settlement itself than for the accompanying improvement plans. Tabling these discussions (even briefly) may get an official lease extension in place to firmly put to relaxation any questions in regards to the O’s future in Baltimore. In 2019, proprietor John Angelos pledged the group will stay within the metropolis “so long as Fort McHenry is watching over the harbor.”

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