My observation of the "Risk" with these pitchers that are on the proverbial bubble is that several of them are at their last option year. With this being the last year to send them down for seasoning and development it is best IMO to do this early in the year after some spring training success/failure than later in the year after having failed at MLB Level.
Look at Jake Arrieta in 2012. He was by default the opening day starter. He struggled at times until it became obvious he needed help in early July. His replacement was in Norfolk applying his new found mechanics and was called back to the parent club. He performed almost flawlessly until season end. He is now considered on of four starters going forward. Now it would seem the short term training and presumed loss of Tillman now will enhance both the Orioles chances of winning this year and beyond whether by performance or by his overall value if needed as trade bait.
Thank you. That was well considered and carefully explained.
Seaford, I can understand the desire for instant gratification, but in the middle Eighties I worked out at the same gym as Rich Dauer and he told me that when he asked Earl Weaver how he always seemed to know JUST what was going to happen in a big situation, Earl told him that when everyone else was playing CHECKERS, he was playing CHESS. In essence, the game wasn't won with the NEXT move, it was won by being ready with the BEST move when it was needed.
Osforlife eloquently explained that Matusz, Britton, and Arrieta have much higher ceilings than Steve Johnson
and T J McFarland, BUT if those two guys can pitch well enough to earn a spot on the team out of ST the organization will benefit from at least two of the former Cavalry developing into reliable and effective SPs. They could contribute this year and be desirable trade bait at the deadline or this coming winter.
We have a real chance of having an extra THREE legitimate young SPs available this winter, and we'll be at the point where we may be ready to spend those chips on the last piece necessary to bring a championship back to Baltimore. IMO THAT'S worth a LOT more than three or four meaningless extra wins this year.