The Baltimore Orioles have added a familiar face to their starting rotation for 2018. Free agent right-hander Chris Tillman has agreed to a one-year deal and will return to the Orioles this season after spending the last nine years with the club.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) February 19, 2018
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com further reports that the deal is for a guaranteed $3 million for one year with another $7 million in possible incentives.
Tillman, 30, who has been with the Orioles since being traded by the Seattle Mariners in 2008, has a career record with the Orioles of 73-55 with a 4.43 ERA.
Tillman had a difficult 2017 campaign, posting an ERA inflated to 7.84 in 19 games with the Orioles. In 2017, Tillman began the first month of the season on the disabled list, and afterwards was unable to duplicate the success of his 2016 campaign when he went 16-6 with a 3.77 ERA in 30 starts.
With spring training upon us, the Orioles (who as recently as a week ago had only two starters penciled in, Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy) have now signed two free agents in one week. Tillman joins free agent Andrew Cashner, who signed a two-year, $16 million deal with the Orioles.
In what promises to be a tough division in which the Orioles are projected to finish last, it seems the Orioles did well to reunite with an American League East battle-tested veteran such as Tillman to bolster their starting rotation.