In the second of a five-part series on the Orioles' roster, we look at the pitchers who are likely to be replaced, some who could be replaced and some who already have. In the first part of the series, we looked at the
replaceable position players
Right-hander Alec Asher: Acquired late in spring training from the Philadelphia Phillies, Asher was used in a variety of roles.
Initially, he did well as a spot starter and long reliever. Through his first 11 appearances, most in long relief, Asher had a 2.17 ERA.
Given four starts in place of struggling Ubaldo Jimenez, however, Asher pitched well once and poorly three times. He didn't start after June 13 and managed only three big league appearances after July 1. He ended the season with a 5.25 ERA.
It wouldn't be a surprise if Asher, who remains on the 40-man roster, is back in big league camp next year -- or is jettisoned during the offseason.
Left-hander Jayson Aquino: He intrigued Orioles manager Buck Showalter during spring training and got a win in his first major league start April 22. He didn't get another one until July 5, and then never pitched again for the Orioles.
At Triple-A Norfolk, Aquino, who had a 7.43 ERA in four Orioles appearances, floundered. He went 3-10 with a 4.24 ERA with the Tides and was removed from the 40-man roster in September.
Right-hander Tyler Wilson: During the past three seasons, Wilson has pitched in 42 games for the Orioles -- including 19 starts -- and has a 5.02 ERA.
Wilson pitched just once for the Orioles after May and was taken off the 40-man roster. He probably deserves a chance to try somewhere else.
Right-hander Chris Tillman: Tillman wouldn't mind another chance with the Orioles, and it's possible he'll get one -- even after going 1-7 with a 7.84 ERA this season.
Tillman, who missed the first month of the season with a shoulder injury, insisted he was healthy, and his age (29) and track record the previous five seasons could earn him a better offer elsewhere.
Right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez: Unjustly considered the symbol for what's wrong with the Orioles by many fans, Jimenez had the worst season of the four he spent in Baltimore.
Though he was 6-11 with a 6.81 ERA this season, he could find a nice landing spot with a team willing to take a risk on him.
Left-hander Wade Miley: The Orioles are widely expected to decline Miley's $12 million option for 2018. He led the majors with 93 walks, by far the most in his major league career, and his 15 losses were the most by an Oriole since Jeremy Guthrie's 17 in 2011.
Right-hander Jeremy Hellickson: Acquired just ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, Hellickson was 2-6 with a 6.97 ERA.
After a creditable season (12-10, 3.71) with Philadelphia in 2016, Hellickson accepted a $17.2 million qualifying offer. He won't come anywhere close to getting that in 2018 on this year's free-agent market.
No Relief In Sight
Right-hander Mike Wright: Wright has teased the Orioles for years. This season, he had a 5.76 ERA in 13 games for the Orioles, and went 4-6 with a 3.69 ERA with Norfolk. He'll probably have a final chance to make a positive impression next spring.
Left-hander Vidal Nuno: One of many swingmen acquired this year, Nuno was awful (0-1, 10.43 ERA) in 10 games. He complained of injuries in mid-June and was out-righted to Norfolk in August.
Right-hander Stefan Crichton: In six stints with the Orioles in the season's first half, Crichton had an 8.03 ERA in eight appearances.
He got those opportunities because he pitched well at Norfolk (7-3, 2.98) but wasn't called up in September. For now, he remains on the 40-man roster.
Right-hander Logan Verrett: He had two wins in early-season, extra-inning games only to be sent down for fresher arms immediately afterward.
Right-hander Richard Rodriguez: The longtime minor leaguer finally got a shot in the majors, but he was out-righted to Norfolk after posting a 14.29 ERA in five September relief outings.
Right-hander Oliver Drake: After three April appearances, Drake was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, for whom he went 3-5 with a 4.44 ERA in 61 games.
Right-hander Edwin Jackson: The Orioles became the 33-year-old Jackson's 12th major league team -- but only for three outings. He was let go by the Orioles and signed by the Washington Nationals, for whom he made 13 starts and went 5-6 with a 5.07 ERA.