The Baltimore Orioles are a tough team to project in 2014. You might find predictions that have them anywhere from last place in the AL East to snagging one of the AL wild card spots.
At issue is their pitching staff and their starting rotation in particular. They added Ubaldo Jimenez pretty late in the off-season to bolster that part of their roster. The two sides needed each other, after all, as Jimenez did not exactly have a robust market for his services as a free agent. For his part Jimenez says he is excited to get on the field for his new team, which he will do for the first time on Tuesday (from MLB.com):
I’m very excited to go out there with my new team and my new teammates wearing the Orioles uniform. I came in a little bit later, but I was able to catch up. I was able to throw the pitches that I need to be ready for the season. So I feel good.”
Of the free agent starting pitchers who struggled to find gigs this off-season, Jimenez made out just fine with his four-year, $50 million deal. Now he will hope to prove that he can stick and make the kind of contributions in the tough American League East to keep the Orioles relevant.