First of all, I'd to like to thank Brian Roberts
for all the years he's spent on the Orioles. Growing up and watching him, I saw a leader who never complained about being on a losing team. He was of my favorite players and role models. I was completely devastated when I found out Roberts failed a PED test. But, I do believe in giving people second chances, so I did. All he wanted to do was win in Baltimore. It will stink having to see him play for the Yankees. But, he obviously saw a better opportunity there than he did here, and I wish him luck. Thanks Brian, it's been a fun thirteen years.
Second, it really bothers me for than anything that Flaherty has succeeded at every minor league level except AAA. It just bugs me to death when players haven't completed their path to the majors, and get promoted early. I think I have an organizational problem. I know he shouldn't really go back down to the minors at this point, but I want to see what he can do with consistent at-bats, which he hasn't gotten the last two years with Baltimore.
Third, maybe it's just because I'm in love with the Tampa Bay Rays, but I really would like to see Ryan Flaherty
become Ben Zobrist 2.0. I feel like somebody with this much versatility, would be limited playing one position. Keep the starters fresh, let Flaherty play everyday rotating between 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, RF, and DH.
Fourth, I hope he is not expected to hit LHP. Although a small sample size, he doesn't have encouraging splits against southpaws. Plus, Buck has exclusively avoided Ryan from hitting against same-side pitchers. Ivan De Jesus was brought in a minor league deal the other day, and he is a right-handed-hitting second baseman; platoon perhaps?