Add another name to the Tigers’ list of potential pitching acquisitions: Baltimore right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.
The Tigers have interest in Guthrie, sources say, but he’s behind the likes of Ubaldo Jimenez and Hiroki Kuroda on their wish list.
Orioles general manager Andy MacPhail may hesitate to move Guthrie, because he leads the beleaguered Baltimore staff in innings pitched. Guthrie is just 3-13 with a 4.45 ERA, but he offers stability at a time when highly-touted prospects Brian Matusz, Zach Britton, and Chris Tillman have fallen back into the minor leagues.
Guthrie is earning $5.75 million this season. The 32-year-old is due for a raise in salary arbitration in 2012, after which he will become a free agent.
If the Orioles move Guthrie, they will seek to acquire pitching, either for Guthrie directly or in another deal. Baltimore had a major-league scout in Toledo, Ohio, at a game between the Class AAA affiliates of the Tigers and Yankees on Sunday. Three of Detroit’s top left-handed pitching prospects appeared in the game: starter Andrew Oliver and relievers Charlie Furbush and Matt Hoffman.
Furbush is a candidate to start for the Tigers against Oakland on Wednesday, which made the timing of the relief outing rather curious. Toledo manager Phil Nevin said Furbush appeared in the game because of instructions from the Tigers’ front office.
The Toledo roster also includes Ryan Strieby, an intriguing power-hitting first baseman who is blocked in Detroit by All-Star Miguel Cabrera.
— Jon Paul Morosi and Ken Rosenthal