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The #Baltimore Orioles will not sign a front-end starter this offseason. Any true fan of the Orioles knows this. The disaster that was Ubaldo Jimenez only cements the claim that the Orioles won't risk spending big dollars on a #Free Agent. While it is easy to be frustrated at General Manager Dan Duquette, there seems to be some sense of urgency to bring in a handful of starting pitchers to help bolster the Orioles' woeful pitching staff. MLB Trade Rumors has released their Top 50 free-agent predictions piece and one name should intrigue Orioles' fans — #Jason Vargas.

Jason Vargas led Major League Baseball in wins last season

Coming off Tommy John surgery in 2015, Vargas exploded back onto the scene through the first half of the regular season.

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He was named a 2017 All-Star after his 12-3 first half performance. His 6-0, 1.93 earned run average in the month of June was highlighted by a shutout effort over the Cleveland Indians. Unfortunately, the wheels came off during the second half.

Vargas went 2-6 with an earned run average over 7.00 through July and August, while allowing 14 home runs. There was a bright light at the end of the tunnel, however. Over the final month of the season, Vargas went 4-1 with a 4.44 earned run average.

What does Vargas bring to the table?

He turns 35 right before teams head off to spring training, but showed the league that he is fully recovered from surgery and still has a lot of gas in the tank. Vargas is the low-cost left-handed option the Orioles need in their rotation. His 18 wins were tied with Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Clayton Kershaw for the most in the majors.

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At a projected 1 year deal worth $10 million, Vargas could slot in behind Dylan Bundy and Kevin Gausman within the rotation.

There are no true elite pitchers on the market this year. The Orioles still need to be aggressive and bring in 2-3 starting pitchers to be stop-gap options while the young talent in the minors develops. Prospects such as Zac Lowther, Mike Baumann, Brenan Hanifee, and Hunter Harvey all project as major league starters and have had very successful stints at the rookie level.

MLB Trade Rumors also projects some outfield help

Also on the list of Top 50 Free Agents is outfielder Carlos Gonzalez. The former Colorado Rockie and MVP finalist could garner a serious look by the Orioles. Gonzalez is a left-handed, speedy outfielder that can play right field at Camden Yards while rookie-sensation Austin Hays develops down in Norfolk.

MLB TradeRumors has only correctly projected one Orioles free agent signing over the last four years, Mark Trumbo. Teams may officially begin negotiating with free agents on Monday.