Monday, January 31, 2011
O's sign Duchscherer
The O's made a low-risk, high-reward signing this weekend, signing 33 year old pitcher Justin Duchscherer to an incentive-laden MLB contract. The move will barely register with most Oriole fans, but it could be a big part in giving the Orioles their first winning season since 1997.
Duchscherer, who was with the Oakland A's from 2003 to 2010, has battled injury problems throughout his career. And while missing the entire 2009 season he dealt with depression. So his risks don't only come in the physical form.
That said, when healthy, Duchscherer can be an asset. He has a 3.13 career ERA and in 2008, as a starting pitcher, he went 10-8 with a 2.54 ERA and made it to the All Star Game. He doesn't strike out a lot of batters (6.9 K/9), but he keeps the ball in the park (0.9 HR/9).
The signing may mean that Chris Tillman will once again start the season in Norfolk, but it gives the Orioles an extra level of pitching depth headed into the season. All in all, this is a small but very solid signing for the Orioles.