The Baltimore Orioles are in first place in the American League East with a 47-35 record, 2 games up on the Red Sox and 2.5 games up on the Blue Jays. The Orioles are pounding teams with their bats and closing out games with an impressive bullpen. But they aren’t going to hang on and win the division or go very far in the playoffs without improving the starting pitching. Outside of righties Chris Tillman and Kevin Gausman……the rotation flat out sucks! I don’t see the Yankees or Rays wanting to deal pitching to the Orioles, so they will have to look elsewhere. The Orioles could aim high and talk to the A’s about righty Sonny Gray or lefty Rich Hill, but I don’t think they will like the asking price on either of them. I would aim a tad lower and try to make a couple of deals for starting pitchers. I have always liked Ervin Santana of the Twins, so I would try to pry him away from them and that shouldn’t be too hard, as they are pretty awful so far this year. Then I would place a call to the Padres (Andrew Cashner), the Phillies (Jeremy Hellickson) and the Angels (Hector Santiago and Matt Shoemaker). I think getting Santana along with Cashner, Hellickson, Santiago or Shoemaker would go a long way in helping the rotation without giving up the whole farm.