The Baltimore Orioles need a top of the rotation arm, especially with John Means on the shelf until the middle of the year. That could lead to the top of the market.
According to reports, the Orioles are expected to be a significant factor in the deGrom market this offseason. It does make sense – they need an ace in order to truly contend in the AL East and are going to increase payroll. Why not go after the top option available?
There are some concerns with deGrom. He has battled injuries in each of the past two seasons and is going to turn 35 years old in June. However, he has dominated when he has been on the mound, posting a 2.05 ERA and a 0.868 WHiP in his 645.1 innings since the beginning of 2018, striking out 876 batters with just 127 walks.
He would be a stabilizing piece in a rotation that needs one. Grayson Rodriguez is going to get a look some time in 2023 and DL Hall should enter the rotation as well. Of the pieces already on the roster, Dean Kremer is the starter that looks like he should be part of the future rotation. But that is not going to be enough – the Orioles need an ace.
The starting rotation has to be a focal point for the Baltimore Orioles this offseason. Jacob deGrom may be a longshot, but they are going to have plenty of money to spend.