The Baltimore Orioles are apparently targeting another arm to add to their only off-season pitching upgrade, Japanese free-agent left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. Among these targets are Wei-Yen Chen, Edwin Jackson, and Paul Maholm, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.
We knew about Wei-Yen Chen several days ago, and reported on it in addition to rumors the club could be looking at Joe Saunders.
As one of the top remaining pitchers on the market, Jackson will probably be too expensive to land with the Orioles, considering Jackson's agent Scott Boras 5-year, $60 million demands. Rosenthal notes that Roy Oswalt and Hiroki Kuroda are both likely too expensive as well -- and would prefer to join contenders.
Rosenthal notes a realistic option is adding Paul Maholm, who missed time in August and Septemer with a strained left shoulder and had his $9.75 million option declined by the Pittsburgh Pirates following the season.
Orioles' update: Focus is starting pitching - Ken Rosenthal
The Orioles finished last in the majors last season in rotation ERA by more than a half-run. To this point, they’ve added only one starter, Japanese free-agent left-hander Tsuyoshi Wada. Needless to say, they will be a team to watch over the next month.
Baltimore Orioles Interested In Chen Wei-Yin, Joe Saunders - MLB Daily Dish
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.