UPDATE: The O’s wasted no time replacing Benson, signing Steve Trachsel to a one-year $3.1MM deal with a $4.75MM club option for ’08. PECOTA says the Orioles overpaid by $625,000. Assuming he can hold together for 180 innings, Trax should be a tolerable replacement.
The big news today courtesy of Ken Rosenthal is that Orioles starter Kris Benson is out for the season because of a rotator cuff tear. It’s a bummer for Benson, as it may result in his $7.5MM option for ’08 being declined.
The injury leaves the Orioles scrambling to find a starter who can provide 180 innings of 4.90 ball in the AL East. Rodrigo Lopez might’ve been that guy; Hayden Penn probably isn’t ready to do that yet. The team will probably bring in a veteran replacement. Rosenthal mentions Steve Trachsel as the most likely, as well as Mark Redman and Ron Villone. Villone last started in 2004.