Despite the additions of Scott Feldman and Bud Norris during the regular season, Baltimore's starting rotation was one of the most ineffective in baseball, pitching to a 4.57 ERA (27th overall) and 1.36 WHIP (24th overall).
According to Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com, Orioles GM Dan Duquette knows that bolstering the group is a priority, but he will not spend big in free agency or deal away prospects to do so—not that Baltimore really has the pieces to go out and make a deal at this point, as CSN Baltimore's Rich Dubroff details.
Signing a veteran like Jason Vargas would be a wise investment for the team to make, one that won't break the bank. After making $8.5 million with the Angels in 2013, a three-year deal for between $33 and $36 million sounds about right.
While Vargas' career numbers as a starter aren't overly impressive—49-57 with a 4.28 ERA and 1.32 WHIP over 155 starts—the veteran southpaw is just what Baltimore needs to fill out its rotation. Still relatively young at 31, Vargas has averaged 190 innings a season, a 3.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP since 2010.
Winless in four career starts at Camden Yards, Vargas has pitched to a 2.76 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in Baltimore, allowing only two home runs in just over 29 innings of work.
Adding a second left-handed starter to the rotation isn't a bad thing, and his presence would allow the Orioles to bring prospect Kevin Gausman along slowly if he shows that he still needs some minor league seasoning in Spring Training.