Orioles rumors: Baltimore shopping Zach Britton, Jake Arrieta?

One rival executive told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports that they expect the Baltimore Orioles to discuss trades involving left-hander Zach Britton and right-hander Jake Arrieta later in the spring.

Rosenthal adds that the Orioles’ surplus of starting pitching is “well-documented.” Entering the spring, the Orioles had a projected rotation that included Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Tillman and Miguel Gonzalez.

Beyond its starting four, the O’s have several candidates to claim the No. 5 spot. Baltimore signed former Atlanta Braves right-hander Jair Jurrjens to a minor league contract this offseason. It also has in-house options, including Britton, Arrieta, Steve Johnson, Brian Matusz and Tommy Hunter, with top prospects Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman waiting in the wings.

While some of the arms that don’t claim the No. 5 spot could find roles in Baltimore’s bullpen, others could be shopped to help fill another area of need. The Orioles entered the offseason hoping to add a bat and starting pitcher, but Jurrjens and Nate McLouth were the team’s most significant additions.

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