The Bullpen Has Blown 7 Games for Trachsel in Orioles Talk Posted August 30, 2007 You have a luxury that the Baltimore Orioles most certainly don't. So the Rangers can pay $10 mm a year for Vicente Padilla and the Orioles can't afford $4.75 mm for Trachsel? I'm far from blind to Trachsel's faults, his age, and the statistics you cite that indicate he could fall off the end of the earth. But I also have a hard time ignoring the fact that this guy is (probably) about to complete yet another season with a sub-5.00 ERA -- for the 13th time in 15 major league seasons and the 8th season in a row. He's going to pitch enough innings to qualify for the 11th time in the last 12 seasons. If he was 32 and had good peripherals, he'd be making Padilla/Meche/Lilly money for that. The $4.75 mm is a salary that takes into account all of the risks you mentioned. I'm not yet advocating that the Orioles should exercise the option. First, there is a month to play, let's see how he's looked after 162 games have been played. If he's really been as lucky as you think, maybe he'll get bombed in his 6 remaining starts. Second, it depends on the overall plan for next year. If we are in rebuilding mode, and aren't even trying to compete, then go ahead and let Olson and Penn take their lumps with no safety net other than a bunch of other unproven pitchers. That's not a bad strategy in the right circumstances.