3 Orioles who will make the opening day roster but won't last the season

These players might make the 26 man cut on opening day but won't be around all year

Aug 8, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ramon Urias (29) runs toward third base during a game against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards
Aug 8, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Baltimore Orioles third baseman Ramon Urias (29) runs toward third base during a game against the Houston Astros at Camden Yards / Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports
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Dillon Tate

Out of all the players the Orioles have on the roster right now, Dillon Tate is the biggest wild card of them all. He had a great campaign in 2022 and looked like a dependable reliever for the Orioles until literally everything fell apart in 2023.

He spent the entire year on the Orioles 60-day IL, never pitching in a game in the majors. When the Orioles tried a rehab assignment a few times to see if he could heal and return to the bigs, he got hit hard by minor league bats and was pulled off the rehab assignment as he could never recover from his injuries.

Tate was worth 0.5 fWAR in 2022 and has proven to be a reliable middle relief option when he's on the mound. However, with the amount of relief arms the Orioles have, Tate is also someone who is expendable. They have guys like Mike Baumann, Jacob Webb, Danny Coulombe, Bryan Baker, and Nick Vespi who can all serve similar roles.

Add to that the fact that Tate has two years of minor league options remaining and you have someone who could very well be taking the trip from Baltimore to Norfolk and back a few times this season. With the amount of guys in the mix for bullpen spots, Tate will be part of the rotating chorus of arms going back and forth from Triple A to the majors all year.

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