One thing that is a constant in baseball is that roster turnover and change will always happen, no matter how good or bad a team is. Even for the Orioles, they went through a ton of players in 2023 from opening day until the end of the season.
In the spirit of the inevitable roster turnover that happens throughout the year, here are 3 Orioles who will make the initial opening day roster but won't last the entire season.
Acquired last offseason in a trade with the Oakland Athletics, Cole Irvin's first season with the Orioles didn't go very well. He had a 4.42 ERA and a nearly identical 4.43 FIP to go with a 1.280 WHIP while not missing a lot of bats and was only worth 0.5 fWAR as he bounced between the rotation, bullpen, and Triple A during the year.
However, the fact of the matter is that right now, Cole Irvin makes the Orioles opening day roster because they currently need him in the fifth starting spot in the rotation given the state of their starting pitching depth.
The Orioles shouldn't count on Irvin in the rotation as a season long plan, last year proved that. Hopefully some pitching additions will come in and be able to better suit the team than Irvin did in 2023.