According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles are closing in on a trade for starter/reliever Vidal Nuno of the Los Angeles Dodgers, in exchange for minor league pitcher Ryan Moseley. Nuno never suited up for the Dodgers after being acquired by the Dodgers from the Mariners in exchange for Carlos Ruiz early this offseason.
Nuno, 29, was a former 48th round pick of the Cleveland Indians who ultimately never succeeded there and was released in 2011. Nuno signed with the New York Yankees and broke into the league in 2013. Since then, he was dealt to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners and the Dodgers before heading to Baltimore. Nuno has been shuttled between the rotation and bullpen, but ultimately spent most of his time in the bullpen with Seattle. Last season, Nuno went 1-1 with a 3.53 ERA in 55 appearances (one start), and owns a career ERA of 4.02 in four major league seasons.
Moseley, 22, was an eighth-round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft by the Orioles out of Texas Tech University. Moseley got his first taste of affiliated baseball with the Short Season-A Aberdeen IronBirds and pitched out of the bullpen, going 0-1 with a 3.20 ERA in 12 appearances. Moseley appears poised to move through the system quickly and will likely start next season with Low-A Great Lakes.
The move gives Baltimore another solid bullpen piece who can be used as a flex/long man option. The Orioles have sought starting pitching depth for some time and this gives them a cheap option, as Nuno will make a little over $1 million this season. For now, Nuno will add to one of the better bullpens in the American League.