The Orioles remain interested in re-signing left-hander
Saunders supposedly wanted a four-year deal last month, and he's still seeking three years. And despite the boost that Saunders provided down the stretch and in the postseason after the Orioles acquired him in a trade with Arizona in August, the O's aren't willing to go in that direction to retain the veteran left-hander.
Saunders very well could receive three years – the
The Orioles rotation is solid as is.
Saunders, who was 3-3 with a 3.63 ERA in seven regular season starts with the Orioles, pitched to a 1.59 ERA in two postseason starts, including 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball in the Orioles' wild-card win over the Rangers.
-- While we’re on the topic of free-agent pitchers, 36-year-old right-hander
The Orioles currently have no plans to scout Vazquez in Puerto Rico, where he is playing winter ball, but don't rule out their interest. Orioles executive director of international recruiting Fred Ferreira signed Vazquez to his first pro contract with the Expos in 1994.
Vazquez last pitched in the big leagues in 2011 with the
-- The Orioles have shown interest in veteran slugger
Berkman's bat would offer a nice boost for the lineup – the O's are looking for a power bat – but the 36-year-old has said the money will have to be right for him play this season.
"If I'm going to play, I'm going to give my heart and soul to the team," Berkman told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "But if the carrot's not big enough, the mule isn't going to want to go."