The Baltimore Orioles and starting pitcher Chris Tillman have mutual interest in a contract extension, according to a report by Roch Kubatko of Masn Sports.
“There are a few candidates for that,” GM Dan Duquette added. “We haven’t spent much time on that, but contract discussion is always a good time to explore that.”
Tillman is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, and can’t become a free agent till the 2018 off-season, but it’s clear that both sides want to get a long term deal worked out.
Tillman is one of 11 Orioles that are eligible for arbitration this off-season. MLB Trade Rumors projects him to make $5.4 million this season in arbitration if a long term agreement isn’t reached.
Tillman has been a workhorse for the O’s over the past two seasons, going a combined 29-13 and exceeding 200 innings in both years. He lowered his ERA from 3.71 in 2013 to 3.34 in 34 starts in 2014, with a 150/66 K/BB ratio, and an ERA+ of 114.
He is the undisputed ace of this team, and he will be on the mound on April 6th. Don’t be surprised if Duquette and Tillman get an extension done in the upcoming weeks.