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MLB Rumor Central: Orioles interested in Kevin Jepsen, Anthony Bass?

Baltimore is reportedly interested in free-agent hurlers Kevin Jepsen (above) and Anthony Bass. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles are reportedly eyeing two right-handed relievers as they attempt to fortify their bullpen this winter.

Rumor Central

According to Eduardo A. Encina of the Baltimore Sun, the Orioles have inquired about veterans Kevin Jepsen and Anthony Bass. An industry source told Encina that several teams have expressed interest in the two hurlers, but Baltimore's level of interest is unknown.

Jepsen, 32, is coming off a rough season that saw him go 2-6 with a 5.98 ERA in 58 appearances with the Minnesota Twins and Tampa Bay Rays. The nine-year veteran owns a career 3.92 ERA.

Bass spent the 2016 season overseas pitching for the Nippon Ham Fighters of the Japanese Pacific League. He appeared in 37 games, starting 14 of them, and went 8-8 with a 3.65 ERA.

The 29-year-old's last MLB appearance came in 2015. In 64 innings with the Texas Rangers that season, Bass submitted a 4.50 ERA while striking out 45 and walking 20.

-- Nick Ostiller