Lohse is a fit for the Orioles as a veteran sinker-baller that could sit atop their starting rotation. But Baltimore is hesitant to acquire him for his current cost, which is believed to be a multi-year commitment at $10-plus million per season. Lohse would also cost the Orioles their first-round draft pick, which is perhaps more of a deterrent for the club than money.
Still, Orioles’ officials won’t rule Lohse out; they only say that they don’t want him for his current asking price, according to Connolly. He’s unlikely to come to Baltimore on a one-year deal, as Camden Yards isn’t viewed as a pitcher’s haven. However, if his asking price drops the Orioles may consider extending the 34-year-old a multi-year contract.
Beyond Lohse, Connolly gets the sense that the Orioles continue to be in the market for a reliever even though their bullpen is already considered a strength. There are several veteran options remaining, including Jose Valverde, Brian Wilson, Francisco Cordero, Jon Rauch, Francisco Rodriguez and Brandon Lyon.