The Orioles got some much needed help with their starting rotation, signing Chris Tillman to a one-year contract. The 9-year veteran rejoins the pitching staff coming off by far his worse year in the majors in 2017. In his 9 years in the majors, Tillman has pitched only for the Orioles. He came to the team in a trade along with Adam Jones from the Seattle Mariners in 2008.
Early in February, the team had only two proven starters on their pitching staff in Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy. With the signing of Tillman and Andrew Cashner, the O's seem to have a much better plan heading into a season of uncertainty.
Tillman struggled mightily in 2017, going 1-7 in 24 games with a 7.84 ERA after a solid campaign in 2016 with a 16-6 record and a 3.77 ERA. He missed the first month of the 2017 regular season with a shoulder injury.
As for the fifth spot in the Orioles rotation, Mike Wright could be slotted in. Rumors are floating around that Miguel Castro, who joined the team midway last season and was stellar from the bullpen.
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