Yovani Gallardo

Orioles free agent pitching primer: How the club can address their starting rotation needs

Orioles free agent pitching primer: How the club can address their starting rotation needs

With free agency beginning at 5 p.m. Monday and one major issue facing the Orioles — their threadbare starting rotation — the club could take several different avenues to fill their needs.

When the Orioles had fewer gaps to fill in their starting rotation in the past, they took a wait-and-see method for the market to play out and for the calendar to turn to January to make their major business.

But with a change in the qualifying offer system that significantly lessens the penalty for the Orioles to sign a player who rejected one, and around $40 million in salary flexibility from last year's payroll, there's a chance for the Orioles to change their approach a bit and splash...

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