Back at the time when spring training was just beginning and players were reporting, I made a first round of predictions about who would make the team for the open of the 2012 season. There are several changes in my thinking, but I do continue to believe that the issue of players with/without options will factor heavily into the final decisions. This may not be fair to all parties, but it is nature of the business. And of course, a pending trade that Dan Duquette has not chosen to discuss with me may factor into these considerations.
The Orioles have the following 10 players who are “out of options” and would have to clear waivers if not kept on the roster:
Of those 10, the first four are “locks” to make the team, and Teagarden can be put on the DL (maybe Simon also?). I am sure the Birds would like to keep all of the final four, but probably cannot. Patton must certainly be kept, and I’m high on Strop. Eveland starts a game tomorrow, and that is likely critical for his future. Though I love Jai Miller’s upside potential, I’m afraid he’ll have to be exposed to waivers.
So here is my projection:
Pitchers (12) …
– – – – – – –
Regular Positional Starters (8)
Utility Players / DH / Bench (5)
Ronny Paulino (c)
Kevin Gregg – traded hopefully or given away
Alfredo Simon – DL or sent through waivers
Tillman, Berken, Bergesen, O’Day, Philips, Drake, Nesheck, Willis go to AAA