The Baltimore Orioles are looking into dealing one of their starting pitchers. Per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the club is receiving "moderate interest" in right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez, and could also consider moving right-hander Bud Norris. Jimenez has been previously reported to be on the block, but the mention of Norris is a new development.
The Orioles are currently lush in starting pitching with Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Kevin Gausman, and Miguel Gonzalez already entrenched in next year's rotation, and the highly-regarded Dylan Bundy looming as well. Thus it seems likely that the Orioles trade away at least one starting pitcher this offseason.
The 29-year-old Bundy was acquired by Baltimore in a 2013 mid-season swap with the Houston Astros. He enters his final year of arbitration eligibility coming off a solid season in which he went 15-8 with a 3.65 ERA, 105 ERA+, 4.22 FIP, and 1.9 WAR in 165.1 innings.
The 30-year-old Jimenez figures to be an intriguing buy-low candidate this winter, as he comes off a disastrous first season in Baltimore. In 125.1 innings pitched, the former All-Star posted a 4.81 ERA, 4.67 FIP, 1.51 K/BB, and -0.5 WAR. He has three years and $38.75 million remaining on the four-year, $50 million contract Baltimore gave him in February. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman mentions the Indians, where Jimenez pitched from 2011 to 2013, as a potential destination.