The Orioles didn’t land veteran right-hander Bronson Arroyo this week; he signed a two-year deal with a third-year option with the Arizona Diamondbacks worth a guaranteed $23.5 million.

A.J. Burnett is still on the open market, but there is a growing sense that the Monkton resident is not going to end up in Baltimore -- I’ve heard various theories as to why, but since they aren’t coming directly out of Burnett’s mouth, it doesn’t make much sense to speculate.

Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez are still looking for jobs, and the Orioles are interested and talking to both, but their asking prices and attachment to a draft pick make me wonder how serious the Orioles are about signing either right-hander.

The Orioles also have had continual talks about Suk-min Yoon, but they haven’t met the 27-year-old Korean’s asking price yet. And I think part of that is because they aren’t sure whether he could handle a season’s workload as a starter.

They’ve talked to all four, yet none of the above options seems particularly close to joining the Orioles. And if none do, then the Orioles should pull the plug on buying a veteran starter and resist the urge to make a run at remaining free agents such as Erik Bedard, Chris Capuano, Aaron Harang, Clayton Richard, Johan Santana and Joe Saunders, to name a few.

If that’s what’s left standing, if the Orioles can’t get Burnett and aren’t serious on Ervin Santana, Jimenez and, to a lesser extent, Yoon, then it’s time to pack up the tents and head to Sarasota, Fla., this week with the current projected rotation.

That’s not to say you should be content with this current group of starters, which badly needed to be upgraded, and instead, with the losses of Scott Feldman and Jason Hammel, may have gone backward from a unit that was one of the worst, ERA-wise, in the American League in 2013.

But at this point, I’d rather take my chances in the fifth starter’s role with 26-year-old left-hander Zach Britton, who is out of options and is pitching with his career on the line, then waste a couple million dollars on a 30-something who pitched well in 2008 or 2010.