The Baltimore Orioles are a team that is in need of some starting pitching.
After barely falling short of the postseason last year, the O’s own the best record in the American League at 62-40.
Young stars such as Gunnar Henderson, Adley Rutschman, Austin Hays, Kyle Bradish, Cedric Mullins, and others have helped guide the Orioles to where they are now.
However, Baltimore is targeting starting pitchers at this year’s trade deadline.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, Detroit Tigers right-hander Michael Lorenzen is somebody the Orioles have their eyes on with just five days to go before the official August 1 deadline.
Orioles remain focused on pitching upgrades ahead of the deadline, sources say.
Tigers All-Star Michael Lorenzen is one starter in whom they have interest. @MLBNetwork
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) July 28, 2023
In 18 starts this year, Lorenzen owns a record of 5-7 and an ERA of 3.58.
He has also struck out 83 batters over 105.2 innings of work.
The 31-year-old spent last season with the Los Angeles Angels and the prior seven seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.
In his last seven starts, the Tigers right-hander owns a 2.50 ERA.
Lorenzen was signed to a one-year deal last offseason, and would simply be a rental for the Orioles.
But he could be a valuable piece that they could add to their rotation for the stretch run of the season.
Lorenzen was the lone Tigers representative at this year’s All-Star Game in Seattle.
With Baltimore ahead of the Tampa Bay Rays by 1.5 games in the American League East, now would be a perfect time for them to add the pitching help that they need in order to pull away from the rest of the division.
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