The Orioles have agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal to bring back righty Chris Tillman, a source confirmed to SB Nation on Monday. The deal was first reported by FanRag’s Jon Heyman.
Tillman’s deal can reportedly reach $10 million in incentives, per source, so a large part of his potential earnings depend on what he will actually achieve this season. MASN’s Roch Kubatko was first on the terms.
Tillman is the second rotation move for the O’s in the last week, as the club also signed Andrew Cashner to a two-year deal last Thursday. Cashner and Tillman will join Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman in a rotation that had more question marks than answers at the beginning of the winter.
Tillman, who turns 30 in mid-April, posted a career-worst 7.84 ERA and 6.93 FIP in 29 appearances (19 starts) for the O’s in 2017. He had previously been an effective starter for Baltimore, logging at least 170 innings in each season from 2013 to 2016 and even being named an All-Star in 2013.
Tillman has been with the O’s for nine seasons, posting a career 4.43 ERA and 6.7 K/9 in 203 appearances (198 starts). Baltimore will hope last season was an aberration and will surely be glad to pay him as much of the incentive package as possible.