Thoughts On The O’s Bringing Back Chris Tillman

Sports and Bets — February 19, 2018 at 12:06 pm by

Former Orioles ace Chris Tillman is back for at least another year, on a show-me contract. Clearly the O’s needed to make improvements in their pitching staff, and they’re hoping this, along with the recent Andrew Cashner signing helps to do that.

Up until last year, Chris Tillman had been a very good Orioles pitcher, and was even named an all star in 2013. But last year after missing Spring Training due to injury, Tillman never bounced back, and threw one of the worst starting pitcher seasons we’ve ever seen, to the tune of a 7.84 ERA. On a team with Wade Miley and Ubaldo Jimenez, Chris Tillman was the worst starter. That’s saying something.

I’ve been saying all along that I think it would be a good signing for the O’s to bring Tilly back on a one year, cheap, incentive based contract, which is what the O’s did. This was a smart move.

If Tillman has been able to fix the mechanical issues and is fully heathy this contract could be a huge bargain for the Orioles. And if Tillman sucks again, at least they only lost $3 million.

The problem I have isn’t with the Tillman signing, it’s that they haven’t done enough to fix the rotation other than this signing. I was hoping the Orioles would make enough other moves to where they wouldn’t need to count on Tillman to be in the rotation. If the O’s had five, or at least four other legit starters, and Tillman has another bad season, they could move on from him easily. But since they still have one or two rotation spots unfilled, they basically need Tillman to be good this year. Mike Wright’s not a good enough back up plan. The O’s needed to treat Tillman as a sixth option for the rotation, and not as the fourth option that he will likely be.

All in all this is a good signing, but the O’s should still be looking for rotation help. Signing Andrew Cashner and resigning Tillman isn’t enough to turn around last years historically bad rotation, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. I’m expecting a bounce back year from Tilly, but I’m also not expecting him to be the ace that he once was.


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