Orioles Would Consider Sheets And Bedard

The Orioles have Jeremy Guthrie and three young starters already penciled into their 2010 rotation, but they haven't ruled out added a quality pitcher with a recent injury history, according to Steve Melewski of MASNSports.com. When asked about Ben Sheets and former Oriole Erik Bedard, team president Andy MacPhail said:

"We would consider them. They would have to be vetted medically. They don't get excluded from consideration. We recognize there is a risk that goes with it, but if the potential reward is just as great or greater than the risk, it's something you have to look at.

"We are in a position where we can consider some risk."

We already know that the Orioles aren't opposed to pursuing top tier free agents this winter, though both Sheets and Bedard shouldn't require long-term commitments given their health records.

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