Starting pitcher is likely not an area where the Baltimore Orioles will want to spend a ton of money, and the top candidates aren’t going to be heading for a rebuild. And, there are a few top candidates out there.
However, a number of these options are also older pitchers who the Orioles would have no interest in.
Let’s look at these guys in tiers:
Tier 3 – Aging vets and injury concerns
Six former Orioles on this list, and I’m not trying to bring any of them back to Baltimore. The only fringe starter I would consider would be Liriano.
As for the aging vets/injury concerns, Eovaldi’s stock may soar depending how he does down the stretch with the Red Sox. Garrett Richards has good stuff, but has been decimated by injuries. I’d consider either of those two for the right price.
The frontline starters aren’t coming, so that leaves the solid starters.
Happ, Estrada and Morton are all 35, so they aren’t great options for a rebuilding team. Pomeranz is 30, Ross 32 and Gonzalez 33. I would be fine with any of those three, but Pomeranz has done it in the American League East, so he is my first option.