Report: Orioles interested in Drew Hutchison

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Roch Kubatko of reports that the Orioles are still looking to round out their rotation with another three starters before spring training kicks off next week. The latest name to pop up on their radar? Free agent right-hander Drew Hutchison, who elected free agency from the Pirates last October.

Hutchison, 27, spent the entire 2017 season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he split a 9-9 record in 26 starts and earned a respectable 3.90 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 7.0 SO/9 in 159 1/3 innings. His track record in the majors has been less impressive, however, and he hasn’t set foot on a major league mound since 2016. He was last seen as a full-time starter for the Blue Jays in 2014-15 and amassed a perplexing 24-18 record, 4.97 ERA and 3.7 fWAR over the two seasons.

The Orioles don’t appear to have engaged Hutchison in any serious discussions yet, though Kubatko notes that the team has a tentative deadline of March 1 as GM Dan Duquette would like to see starters arrive to camp as soon as possible. They’re also rumored to have their eye on free agent right-hander Chris Tillman this winter. Tillman, 29, has received interest from the Twins, Tigers and Blue Jays as well, despite coming off of a career-worst season in Baltimore.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.