MLB News: Justin Duchscherer Signs With Baltimore Orioles
MLB Rumors: Justin Duchscherer has been sidelined much of the last two years with various arm and hip problems, but when healthy, he's been one of the more quietly effective pitchers in the American League.
Now it seems he'll be staying in that league, while trading the Pacific Coast for the Atlantic, as ESPN reports that he's agreed to a one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The Major League deal is reportedly worth $700,000, with the potential to earn up to $4.5 million if various incentives kick in.
Obviously he was going to have to sign an incentive-laden deal, but the 33 year-old righthander could be a diamond in the rough for the O's. His primary consideration was that he get to remain a starter wherever he went, and the Orioles apparently obliged that request. His one full season as a starter was excellent, as Duchscherer went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA, and a WHIP under 1.
He'll be looking to use this season as a springboard to prove to onlookers around the league that he's healthy, and ready to again be a regular contributor. Much like Brandon Webb, he stands to gain a lot if things go well. But if he finds himself on the DL again, he could find his road back at that point an even longer one than before.
Can Duchscherer actually help Baltimore contend in 2011? With perennial powerhouses in Boston and New York, maybe not. But he shouldn't make things any worse.
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