Earlier this week we learned that the Orioles are among the clubs that have checked in on free agent pitcher Mat Latos. Latos, 28, is likely seeking a one-year deal to re-establish his value, unlike hurlers like Scott Kazmir, Yovani Gallardo, Ian Kennedy, and Wei-Yin Chen who would all probably require a multi-year commitment. That could be right up the O’s alley as Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun doesn’t believe that the Orioles will go beyond three years in their efforts to land a free-agent starting pitcher.
Here’s more out of Baltimore:
- Hot Stove season typically slows down during the holidays, and that could be a good thing for the Orioles and Chris Davis, Encina writes. There hasn’t been much progress between the two sides heading into Christmas, but it’s pretty obvious that there’s strong mutual interest in a reunion. Perhaps in 2016, when we’re a little bit closer to spring training, the two sides will find a way to meet in the middle.
- More from Encina, who notes that the Orioles did not want to lose left-hander Tim Berry. On Wednesday, the Marlins claimed the southpaw, despite a forgettable 2015 season. Baltimore did not want to jettison Berry from the organization – it only wanted to create space on the 40-man roster for other moves. Berry was one of the Orioles’ top left-handed pitching prospects only two years ago and Miami apparently did not lose sight of that.
- New Orioles right-hander Vance Worley is looking for a new beginning in Baltimore, as Encina writes. “I heard they have a really good clubhouse and a really good atmosphere and that’s the chemistry you need for winning, so I’m looking forward to coming over and being a part of it. … Just looking for a fresh start and looking forward to coming over and helping this team out,” said the pitcher. Worley went on to say that he hopes to return to the starting rotation in 2016.