Pitchers and catchers have reported for Spring Training in Sarasota, Florida and the Baltimore Orioles will begin their season with a few available spots in the rotation.
One hole that won’t be available is the spot of Kevin Gausman. He has reportedly agreed to avoid arbitration, signing a one-year deal with the Orioles.
The Orioles have agreed to terms on a one-year contract for 2018 with RHP Kevin Gausman, avoiding arbitration.
— Baltimore Orioles (@Orioles) February 13, 2018
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Gausman’s deal will be worth $5.6 and Roch Kutbako of MASN Sports adds that finances on the deal can be increased through incentives.
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) February 13, 2018
The 27-year old Orioles starting pitcher had a rough beginning to the 2017 season, but his ERA would stabilize to 4.68 over the course of 186.2 innings. Gausman pitched well in the second half of 2017, which could possibly carry over to 2018. After all, he has shown that he can pitch to a sub-four ERA, which he has done twice (2016, 2014).
Players report for camp
Though position players other than catchers aren’t required to be at camp yet, a few players have shown up early. Baltimore center fielder Adam Jones, third baseman Tim Beckham and outfielder Anthony Santander have reported to camp.
Among the Orioles pitchers who have shown up are Mychal Givens, Jimmy Yacabonis, the aforementioned Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Hunter Harvey, Miguel Castro, Tim Melville, Stefan Crichton, Richard Bleier, David Hess, Asher Wojciechowski, Tanner Scott, Donnie Hart, Perci Garner, Josh Edgin, Mike Wright, Jhan Marinez, Andrew Faulkner, Alec Asher and Jeff Ferrell.
Nestor Cortes, Jayson Aquino, Joely Rodriguez, Jason Gurka, Eddie Gamboa, Michael Kelly, Chris Lee, Jesus Liranzo, Darren O’Day, Zach Britton, Yefry Ramirez, Pedro Araujo and Jose Mesa were not present during the one hour of media availability.
Catchers Caleb Joseph, Austin Wynns, Chance Sisco and Andrew Susac have all reported for duty.
As for uniform numbers, Gausman will honor the late-great Roy Halladay by wearing no. 34 this season and Harvey will take over Gausman’s former no. 39. Wright will wear 28, Jaycob Brugman 38, Luis Sardiñas 3, Cedric Mullins 70, Jayson Aquino 64, Mariñez 52, Edgin 55, Susac 27, Wynns 29 and Garner 68.