New Orioles general manager Dan Duquette's goal for the team since day one has been to acquire pitching, whether it's through the international market, trade, or free-agency. Right now, he's looking to acquire a pair of southpaws for the club via free-agency.
After acquiring Japanese pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada, the Baltimore Orioles aren't done in the international market, according to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, who says the club is pursuing Taiwanese left-hander Chen Wei-Yin.
Kubatko offers some insight on Wei-Yin, noting he is a "lanky 6-foot southpaw with a low-90s fastball that reportedly tops out at 96 mph. He also throws a slider and changeup, and is working on a forkball." Wei-Yin wouldn't require a posting fee, making it easier for the Orioles to acquire the Taiwan native.
The Orioles also have interest in free-agent southpaw Joe Saunders, who was non-tendered by the Arizona Diamondbacks earlier this week. The club has had conversations with Saunders' representatives, according to Kubatko, but there are several teams interested in Saunders who will surely find a MLB job.
School of Roch: Orioles still pursuing Chen Wei-Yin, interested in Saunders
"Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette hasn't ended his search for starting pitching, and an industry source confirmed that the club remains interested in Taiwanese ..."