In an offseason that has seen a load of moves for potential starting pitchers, the Orioles haven’t called it quits yet.
According to Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports, the Orioles have signed left-handed pitcher Tommy Milone to a minor league contract with a spring training invitation.
Joining a thin potential rotation, the signing of the soon-to-be 33-year-old is another move of depth, hopefully filling the rotation. Heading over from his 2019 season as a Seattle Mariner, Milone looks to be a veteran presence among the rotation.
Throwing 111.2 innings last season in Seattle, Milone is a guy who proved he can eat up innings. Despite battling some injuries in his career, Milone has shown consistency when playing at the major league level.
Ending 2019 with a 4.76 ERA, the home runs are a problem, having allowed 24 long balls as a part of his 102 hits allowed. On the bright side, 2019 also showed Milone’s career low in hits per nine innings at 8.2.
Milone’s best season came in 2012 as a member of the Oakland Athletics. Milone went 13-10 with a 3.74 ERA in 190 innings pitched.
With his ERA dropping over the last three years, from 8.56 in 2017 to 5.81 in 2018 and then 4.76 in 2019, Milone looks like he could be a good veteran arm to help hold down the shaky rotation for the Orioles.
No spot is secured, and we are excited to see how Milone looks come spring training. If all goes well, we could expect to see him in the mix, along side John Means, Alex Cobb, and Asher Wojciechowski.
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