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Orioles rumors: Baltimore interested in Scott Feldman?

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If he reaches free agency as expected, Scott Feldman could be targeted by the Orioles.

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The Baltimore Orioles could have interest in Texas Rangers right-hander Scott Feldman, who’s expected to become a free agent this winter, reports Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com:

If the Rangers let him go, it’s very possible the Orioles will be interested in Feldman.

Feldman’s contract includes a $9.25 million team option for 2013 with a $600,000 buyout that the Rangers are expected to decline. The right-hander is liked by Orioles skipper Buck Showalter, according to Dubroff.

The 29-year-old made 29 appearances, including 21 starts, for the Rangers this season. He maintained an ERA of 5.09 over 123 2/3 innings and was replaced in Texas’ rotation by Martin Perez toward the end of the regular season.

Despite their success in 2012, the Orioles starting rotation faces several questions entering the offseason. Baltimore is expected to target at least one starting pitcher this winter, and general manager Dan Duquette is likely to covet a veteran arm to go with his young rotation.

Feldman made 29 appearances, including 21 starts, for the Rangers this season. He maintained an ERA of 5.09 over 123 2/3 innings and was replaced in Texas’ rotation by Martin Perez toward the end of the regular season.

The 29-year-old owns a career ERA of 4.81 over eight years at the major league level, all of which were spent with the Rangers.