MLB Rumors: Orioles Linked To Marlins in Trade For Starting Pitcher

The Baltimore Orioles need to add an impact starting pitcher. That, we’ve known for quite some time, and it became extremely evident in the playoffs last season. On another note, the Miami Marlins have a treasure trove of young starting pitchers, and they could certainly look to trade one of them for some impactful offense. Kind of sounds like a match, doesn’t it?

According to MLB insider John Morosi, discussions between the teams have taken place. He says the O’s are very active in trade conversations. 

The Miami Marlins have a lot of different pitching arms they could listen on… Even someone as talented as Jesus Luzardo could be available. Edward Cabrera, his name as well could be out there. So, when you talk about the Orioles, I’m told they’re talking with the Marlins about their collection of arms. 

I would be moderately surprised if Baltimore does not add one credible major league starter between now and opening day.

Max Meyer was the third overall selection in the 2020 MLB draft by the Marlins and now the 24-year-old right-hander looks like he’s ready to take the next step up to The Show, leaving Miami with even more ability to trade one of their current rotation arms.

Luzardo, 26, was finally healthy for an entire season in 2023, and in 32 starts with the Fish, he posted a 3.58 ERA along with a 1.21 WHIP and a tremendous 208:55 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. Cabrera, 25, started 20 games for the Marlins last season and posted a 4.24 ERA along with a 1.44 WHIP while striking out 10.7 batters per nine innings. He’ll need to contain the wildness, however, as he walked six batters per nine as well.

As for the Orioles, they are stocked with young offensive talent, and could certainly be persuaded to trade one of those assets in return for some much-needed help on the mound. Morosi adds that they're also talking to the Chicago White Sox about Dylan Cease.

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