With yesterday’s re-signing of slugging 1st baseman Chris Davis, the Baltimore Orioles have shelled out over $200 million to free agents so far this Winter, and they don’t appear to be done yet.
Out of the $208 million the Orioles have spent this Winter, zero dollars have been committed to starting pitching, and they have lost starting pitching with Wei-Yin Chen hooking up on a five-year deal with the Marlins last week.
That zero dollar price tag could change quickly however, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal:
The O’s remain in contact with free-agent righty Yovani Gallardo, but signing him would cost them their top pick, No. 14 overall. And now they won’t be getting a pick back for Davis, to whom they made a qualifying offer.
The Orioles could have landed eight of the top 100 selections if free agents Davis, Chen and catcher Matt Wieters all had signed with other clubs, but that number will reduce to five if they sign Gallardo.
While this will be a desperation signing if it goes down for Baltimore, they will get their likely Opening Day starter in Gallardo, who went 13-11 with the Rangers last year, posting a 3.42 ERA with 121 strikeouts over 184.1 innings of work.
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