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Right-handed starter Jeremy Guthrie
Stats: 4-14, 4.33 ERA, 23 games, 21 starts, 137 1/3 innings, 144 hits, 41 walks, 85 strikeouts. 11 quality starts
Contract status: $5.75 million in 2011; arbitration eligible for final time in 2012.
Current market value: Fairly High
Potential fits: Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds.
Skinny: That age-old baseball question may soon be answered: How much is a guy who has lost more than half his games in a season worth in a trade? The answer will determine whether Guthrie goes to a contender or stays with the Orioles and stares at the potential of a 20-loss season. Guthrie is the Orioles' primary innings-eater, so trading him would further decimate a shaky rotation and put more pressure on a beleaguered bullpen. Yet there are plenty of clubs that think all Guthrie needs is a change of scenery to go along with his 95-mph fastball. One scout said Guthrie would be an upgrade as a third or fourth starter for most contenders. And since there aren't a lot starting pitchers being mentioned as available -- Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez may be the best -- Guthrie is likely near the top of the wish list for some. If he can bring back two potential pieces for the future, he is gone.
Chances he's dealt: 60 percent
July 19, 2011