thezeroes wrote:As the Orioles 25 man roster is currently constructed the movement of its pitchers is somewhat hamstrung. The following pitchers on the 25 man roster are those with no options, options and reasons that the options can't/won't be used:
Chris Tillman - Out of options
Wi-Yen Chen - Would need to accept the option per contract
Miguel Gonzalez - Has options but if someone is recalled from Minors would they be an improvement.
Jason Hammel - Out of Options
T J McFarland - Rule five, would be claimed if placed on waivers an would also be returned to Cleveland.
Tommy Hunter - out of options
Troy Patton - out of options
Pedro Strop - out of options
Jim Johnson - out of options
Darren O'Day - Has options but is back end of bullpen performer.
Jake Arrieta - Has options
Brian Matusz - Has Options
Now Jair Jurrjens does have an option remaining but would need to be placed on the forty along with a corresponding 25 man move. As you can see the removable pieces with options are Matusz, Arrieta, and releasing T J McFarland. You could trade Hunter if so desired.
osforlife wrote:I don't like Matusz in the bullpen either, even if he has pitched well ever since being moved there.
Are you saying that you don't think he can be effective there or that you would prefer to see him stretched out as a SP?
osforlife wrote:Stretched out as a SP
He's convinced me that he's more comfortable as a reliever, and he's become a pretty good one. We may have to accept that he may never be more than that.
osforlife wrote:You've been saying all off-season long that you would like to see him go down to AAA as a starter, and now all of a sudden, after a handful of good appearances, you seem to think he should stay in the bullpen?
Those two POVs don't necessarily conflict, IMO. I would PREFER that he become an effective starter; however, he was not effective in that role during ST, even against lesser talent. Maybe, about 50 innings in AAA might have restored his comfort level; but the brain trust decided that his place was in the Baltimore bullpen.
The fat lady may not have sung yet on making Matusz a SP. but she's warming up the vocal cords.
osforlife wrote:Why bring up ST? Stats from ST are useless. Jackie Bradley & Aaron Hicks had wonderful spring trainings, and they haven't done crap in the majors. Never make future baseball decisions out of Spring Training competitions. It's fine to decide who is going to be the 25th man on the roster through a competition(Pearce vs. Jackson), but don't demote a talented young pitcher to a bullpen role because he had a lousy Spring Training as a starter.
thezeroes wrote:Brian Matusz has ONE option remaining.
He is effective in the bullpen and could be a long man if needed to flip some other teams lineup.
If you use his option to stretch him out THIS YEAR IMO it would be wasted as he has pitched as advertised out of the pen. I would keep him on the twenty-five all year as a reliever for three reasons.
1) To save his last remaining option
2) We have other starters at Norfolk to be used in Baltimore that have already used this years option (Britton, S. Johnson)
3) Bundy, Gausman etc... for the future rotation spots
This is just my take and I had previously stated that an option was wasted on Jake Arrieta last year when he could have just as easily replaced Kevin Gregg instead of being demoted and using one of the two he had remaining.
As fans we should NEVER forget that the "Lifeblood" of Orioles teams is the ability to manipulate the 40 Man Roster to the MLB teams advantage and to waste options will lend itself to losing players through the waiver wire and/or hamstring any future moves.