Just because we're not playing in the post season doesn't mean the Orioles can't focus on improving the team.
This is the time of year when teams start remaking their roster. Most of you will already know what I'm about to explain. If so, please skip to the next paragraph
. Quality scouting and player evaluation can make a big difference in filling a bullpen or bench spot. To add a player a team believes is a major league talent they have to have a spot on their 40 man roster. Normally, when a season ends, a team will drop those players they no longer believe are solid prospects They then add those players the rules require be protected on the 40 man roster so they won't lose those players to the Rule 5 draft in December. I have asked for help in the Orioles Nation Community for the list of players that need to be protected and will post it here when I have it.
Here is a link for the current 40 man Orioles' roster http://orioles.mlb.com/team/roster_active.jsp?c_id=bal
. I would be interested in which of the players you would remove and the reason for each player
Jeremy Accardo - no longer a proven ML talent. I would offer him a generous minor league deal with a spring invite
Willie Eyre - no longer a proven ML talent. I would offer him a generous minor league deal with a spring invite
Chris Jakubauskas - no longer a proven ML talent
Rick VandenHurk - he's a AAAA pitcher
Pedro Viola - he's a AAAA pitcher
Jake Fox - no room for his glove on our bench. If we could get by with an 11 man bullpen I would love to have his bat. I would offer him a generous minor league deal with a spring invite
Cesar Izturis - a free agent we don't need anymore
Vladimir Guerrero - a free agent we don't need anymoreOn The Bubble
Brandon Snyder - he could be a ML sub but he'll have to admit to himself that's his ceiling
Clay Rapada - can be an effective LH specialist, if we can afford a reliever that will only pitch to one or two batters
Brad Bergesen - just not the same pitcher he was in 2009. Might need a fresh start somewhere else.
Jason Berken - see Bergesen
Jo-Jo Reyes - a lefty but not a ML starter. Maybe he can win a bullpen role.
Josh Bell - does not have the plate discipline to be an ML regular nor the glove to be an effective reserve
Pedro Florimon Jr. - speed does not win you a spot on a ML roster. May hang on for one more year while Machado works his way to AAA.