Lloyd Fox, Baltimore Sun
August 16, 2012
The remaining members of the once-heralded "cavalry" -- pitchers Chris Tillman, pictured, Brian Matusz, Jake Arrieta and Zach Britton -- were once untouchable.
But now that Duquette has rebuilt the rotation and Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen and Miguel Gonzalez have emerged as consistent starters, the Orioles appear willing to deal some of their young pitching for the right price.
Tillman, 24, made the most significant strides this past season, going 9-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 15 starts. And Matusz, 25, turned his season around when he moved to the bullpen (1.35 ERA, 2 ER, 5 H in 13 1/3 relief innings), becoming a shut-down left-handed reliever who could be used situationally or for extended use.
The club will look to dangle Tillman and Matusz more so than Arrieta and Britton, who the team feels still have significant upsides.
But the Orioles are confident other teams will be intrigued by all four at the winter meetings.