We've already been made aware of Detroit's interest in adding a starting pitcher to the mix for the rest of the season, and now we can add another name to the list of possible options: Baltimore's Jeremy Guthrie. According to Jon Paul Morosi of FOX Sports, the Tigers are eying the Orioles veteran, but they'd prefer to acquire Ubaldo Jimenez or Hiroki Kuroda instead.
Guthrie, 32, is the de facto ace of Baltimore's pitching staff, but he's going to make close to $10 million through arbitration next season, and he becomes a free agent after that, so it's highly unlikely that he's going to be a part of the next good Orioles club. Baltimore hasn't shown serious interest in trading Guthrie yet, likely partially due to the lack of decent MLB-ready pitching within the organization, but this month is probably their best chance to land a quality haul for the veteran starter.
In 123 innings this year, Guthrie has a 4.45 ERA and a 4.35 FIP, indicating that he's likely to be a mid-4's ERA pitcher going forward. Morosi also has added that the Orioles were scouting Detroit's Triple-A club on Sunday, when prospects Andy Oliver and Charlie Furbush both pitched for Toledo.