One of two pitchers the Orioles received when they traded Jeremy Guthrie to the Colorado Rockies this month, Hammel, 29, likely will be compared to Guthrie for the rest of his time in Baltimore — and that's probably unfair. So far, the 6-foot-6 right-hander has had an uninspiring big league career — a 34-45 record and 4.99 ERA in 169 games (115 starts) with the Rockies and Tampa Bay Rays. He likely won't take Guthries spot as the club's de facto No. 1 starter, but he has thrown 170 or more innings in each of his past three seasons and can be under club control through 2013. He gives the Orioles another experienced pitcher in the rotation, but how he'll fare in the American League East is the question.
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