The Orioles have four catchers on their 40-man roster after Friday’s trade with the Brewers that gave them Andrew Susac, a former top prospect for the Giants who hasn’t hit in the majors, but is the depth move that executive vice president Dan Duquette sought before spring training. The roster is full and the Orioles still have three openings in their rotation. They can create room, of course, but it’s been easier to find catchers and utility infielders than starting pitchers. This isn’t the news that fans are yearning to hear. The club’s list has been compromised by escalating salary demands and poor medicals. However, they’ve been interested in right-hander Drew Hutchison, who was outrighted by the Pirates in September and later became a free agent. Hutchison, 27, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2016 when he made a combined nine appearances with the Blue Jays and Pirates. He was paid $2.3 million last summer, a generous sum to keep him at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he was 9-9 with a 3.56 ERA and 1.293 WHIP in 159 1/3 innings. General manager Neal Huntington caught plenty of heat for trading away Francisco Liriano and prospects Reese McGuire and Harold Ramirez for Hutchison, paying him $2.3 million and designating him for assignment. In 82 major league games, Hutchison has gone 30-21 with a 4.93 ERA and 1.365 WHIP over 417 2/3 innings. He underwent ligament-reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in 2012.
Hutchison a consideration as Orioles seek starting pitchers
Masn | Feb 4