The Baltimore Orioles traded for starting pitcher Scott Feldman during the season in order to give them a necessary edge in the division. Unfortunately, Feldman actually pitched worse with the Orioles than he did with the Chicago Cubs in 2013. With that being said, why should Baltimore still re-sign the free agent this winter?
Feldman does not blow away hitters at the plate, although he did record a career-high 132 strikeouts the past season. In fact, he posted career highs in several categories this year. The 30-year-old appears to be getting stronger as he ages, which is certainly something the Orioles must take notice.
Baltimore will have a relatively young rotation next season in which the average age could be 27.5 years old. Of course, that is assuming ace Chris Tillman, Miguel Gonzalez, Wei-Yin Chen and Bud Norris make up four of the five spots. For that reason, it would be nice to have Feldman, a veteran with some postseason experience, to be a part of the squad.
Feldman is a terrific pitcher to suit up in the fifth spot because he is someone who eats up innings and can get 10-12 wins. Obviously, he has some issues preventing men from reaching base and keeping the ball in the park, but his presence among the younger pitchers could do wonders for the staff.
The Orioles could go out and try to find a more suitable starter to place in the rotation. However, I believe the organization would be wise to lock up Feldman for a decent price. That way the rotation is completely set and Baltimore can focus on other areas on the team.