The Baltimore Orioles and impending free agent Scott Feldman have mutual interest in a reunion this winter, according to Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com. Kubatko notes that he expects Feldman to return to Baltimore unless another team "seriously overpays" for him.
In fifteen starts with Baltimore after being acquired from the Cubs at the beginning of July, Feldman posted a 5-6 record, 4.27 ERA, 6.5 K/9 and 3.1 BB/9 in 90.2 innings of work at the back-end of the Orioles' rotation. Although he did not match his numbers from the first half of the season with Chicago (7-6, 3.46 ERA in fifteen starts), he was a solid contributor who seemed to enjoy his time in Baltimore and would like to come back for at least another season.
At thirty years old, Feldman will likely command a two-year deal from a team looking for starting pitching help this winter, and the Orioles fit that mold perfectly. With starter Jason Hammel unlikely to return as a free agent, the team is left with many question marks in a starting rotation that currently includes Miguel Gonzalez, Bud Norris and Chris Tillman and may see contributions from prospects like Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman during the latter part of the 2014 season.
In addition to Feldman and Hammel, Orioles free agents include second baseman Brian Roberts, outfielders Nate McLouth and Mike Morse, reliever Francisco Rodriguez, and catcher Chris Snyder. While Roberts and McLouth may return, many have speculated that Morse, Rodriguez and Snyder will find jobs elsewhere on the fre agent market after joining the Orioles in the middle of the season.