Ken Rosenthal of tweeted on Sunday night that the Orioles are in the lead for free agent pitcher Justin Duchscherer.

Source: #Orioles lead for Duchscherer. Has at least 1 major-league offer. O’s made offer, believed to be major lge. #MLBless than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

Drew Silva of predicted that Duchscherer could make Baltimore’s rotation this season, despite being banged up in recent years.

The right-hander would probably get a chance to land one of the final spots in the O’s staring rotation this spring. Brian Matusz is a lock, Jeremy Guthrie is too. But Duchscherer could probably beat out some of the other young pitchers in Orioles camp if he simply shows that his hip is intact.

The Orioles remain busy this winter as the Vlad talks are still continuing. Do you think it’s more important to bring in a starter or Vladdy?