OriolesRedskins28 wrote:I think he's a fine middle reliever and good clubhouse guy. Certainly a better pitcher than Gregg was.
I won't argue with even one syllable of that statement; however, that doesn't change the fact that I would prefer to trade him. Allow me to explain.
First, IMO we have seven relievers that are better than him. I say that because Ayala has a HORRIBLE inherited runners scored ratio. You want a reliever to let those runners die on the bases when you bring him him. Ayala didn't do that as well as the rest of my list.
Second, most of the pitchers on my list are young and I would like to keep a good mix of veterans and younger pitchers. Both for cost and controlability. I would ONLY keep a veteran IF they were much better than a younger pitcher. IMO Ayala doesn't meet that standard.
Here's my 2013 Orioles bullpen. The list is in the order of the best pitcher, down.Jim Johnson (RH closer)
- it's hard to pick between JJ and Randy Myers as having the best Orioles' season as a closer. That being said I would seriously listen to offers for him this winter. He was pushed hard this year and is probably st his peak value. The return would be substantial and we have plenty to choose from to replace him.Darren O'Day (RH set up)
- looking at the radar gun you would never think this guy could get anyone out, but he does and doesn't seem to crack under pressure.Pedro Strop (RH set up)
- INCREDIBLE STUFF. PERIOD, END OF SENTENCE. Once he takes his command to the next level he could become an absolutely unhittable closer.Tommy Hunter (RH set up)
- I see a closer in the making. Once he made the transition to short relief he was almost unhittable. With a 98 MPH FB an 88 MPH change up would make him a lock down closer.Troy Patton (LH set up)
- steady and consistent. Can handle hitters from both sides of the plate.Steve Johnson (RH long relief)
- doesn't look like much from behind a radar gun, but this guy KNOWS how to pitch and Ks hitters at unbelievable rate. One time threw an order and he's dominant.Tsuyoshi Wada (LH long relief)
- I recognize that he hasn't thrown a pitch in the ML yet, but he was dominant in Japan. Once he's healthy he should do very well one time through an order.
Ayala is a serviceable reliever and he's cheap, but I just don't see him as better than those seven guys. I see him as an excellent trading chip because of his experience and price.