The Baltimore Orioles Five Biggest Offseason Priorities

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Add a starter

Feb 14, 2014; Sarasota, FL, USA; A group of Baltimore Orioles pitchers prepare to run a drill at

Ed Smith

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What? You’re telling me that the team with the third-best ERA in the majors in 2014 has to add a starter? That is correct.

Sure the Orioles starting rotation performed exceedingly well in 2014, but as I said two seconds ago, it was exceedingly well. Four of their five starters exceeded all expectations, with Chris Tillman being the exception.

Do they have to add a James Shields or a Max Scherzer? Absolutely not (though I wouldn’t be complaining if they did). They should just add a proven veteran arm that has established himself in the majors. It’s a young rotation, and while there is nothing wrong with that, you need to have a leader.

Maybe an A.J. Burnett or someone in that vicinity, but just someone that can add a voice to the locker room.