By Tyler Ruby on June 2, 2014
The Baltimore Orioles' pitching staff is one of the worst in baseball, so you won't be surprised to see several pitchers on this list. Their hitting can't make up for their dreadful pitching for entirety of the season, so it may be time to part ways with some of them.
It wasn't too long ago that Brian Matusz was a promising starting pitching prospect for the Orioles. But after a few years struggling to find his groove on the mound, the Orioles moved him to a bullpen role. He has been good, but not dominant. He is just taking up a roster spot that could be inhabited by a more effective pitcher.
The 30-year-old hasn't had a ton of success with the Orioles this year, sporting a 3-4 record with a 4.17 ERA. He has pitched better in his last several starts, so his trade value is increasing every time he toes the rubber. It would be best for the Orioles to part ways with Miguel Gonzalez now so they can get a decent group of prospects in return.
It's amazing that Delmon Young continues to find teams that want him. He serves as the Orioles' designated hitter, but he is only batting .273 with one home run and six RBIs. In addition, Young always seems cause trouble wherever he goes, and if the Orioles turn bad, this could happen again. Better to part ways now.
I realize that it is difficult to rationalize trading a guy who is batting almost .300 this season, but he has only driven in 18 runs. He is 30 years old, and he is due to become a free agent at the end of the year. The Orioles should trade him as his value has never been higher. Teams are always looking for a quality left-handed bat to plug into the middle of a lineup.
Ubaldo Jimenez has never been the same since his breakthrough 2010 season with the Colorado Rockies. In the years following, he has only had an ERA under 4.00 one time, and that was last season with the Cleveland Indians, in a free-agent year no less. He is 2-6 with a 4.65 ERA, and he is a microcosm of the trainwreck that is the Orioles' pitching staff.
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