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Orioles rumors: Brett Myers, Nate McLouth, Cody Ross

Baltimore is interested in bringing the veteran Myers on as a starter and is looking for cheaper alternatives to Josh Hamilton in the outfield.


The Baltimore Orioles are interested in adding veteran right-hander Brett Myers to their rotation and are still on the prowl for outfield help as the winter meetings begin, reports Jon Morosi of FOX Sports:

The Baltimore Orioles don’t plan to make big changes to a roster that produced 93 wins and the franchise’s first postseason berth in 15 years...

The Orioles have interest in free-agent right-hander Brett Myers as a rotation upgrade, sources say. Myers pitched exclusively as a reliever in 2012 but was a starter in 66 of 67 games over the previous two seasons.

Apart from that, the Orioles would like to add an outfielder.

Myers, 32, split the 2012 season between the Houston Astros and Chicago White Sox, posting a 3.31 ERA and 5.6 K/9 rate in 65⅓ innings. The right-hander amassed over 200 innings as a starter each of the two previous seasons so will not likely have much trouble moving back into the rotation if he does sign with the club. Myers owns a 4.27 ERA in 249 career starts, almost an entire run worse than his ERA as a reliever.

The O's had shown interest in bringing in Josh Hamilton for a time, but the team has turned its sights away from the former MVP towards a more affordable alternative. Baltimore could still bring back Nate McLouth but also has no shortage of options elsewhere. The team has also shown interest in Cody Ross, Delmon Young, Xavier Nady, Scott Hairston and Ryan Sweeney, according to Morosi.