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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Matusz on trade rumors, being a starter elsewhere: <a href="http://t.co/qkPgATGfmv">http://t.co/qkPgATGfmv</a></p>— Brittany Ghiroli (@Britt_Ghiroli) <a href="

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“I mean, it’s no secret. I’m well aware of talks and things going on,” said Matusz, “But for me all I can control is what I can control. To be able to go out and pitch and get extended and throw all four pitches and mix. Be able to pitch my game is really what it’s all about.”

With Wei-Yin Chen and Kevin Gausman starting separate Minor League games on Friday, the Orioles have been stretching out Matusz again this spring and showcasing him as well. A part of the Orioles bullpen, Matusz made his second spring start against a lineup of Boston regulars and held his own. Asked if hearing his name mentioned as a starter candidate elsewhere was exciting, Matusz said absolutely.

“I don’t think there’s any secret there, what the ultimate goal is,” Matusz said. “But right now being an Oriole the goal is to go out and pitch and get better every day and control what I can control and do whatever I can to help this team win ballgames.

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Trade Norris and move Ubaldo into the rotation, with Matusz a long lefty/swing man in the pen and safety net if Ubaldo implodes. Move Matusz into the rotation next year to take Chen's place.

Just an idea.

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What was it, 4 scoreless innnings against the Red Sox? Why is anyone even thinking of trading this guy, Matusz? He's left handed and he is showing that he can start. Yeah, it's spring training, but I'm still confused over the rush to get rid of Matusz. Make him our 5th starter. Move someone else into the pen/Norfolk.

Now we have 7 guys competing for 5 rotation spots, it would seem. :scratchchinhmm:

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What was it, 4 scoreless innnings against the Red Sox? Why is anyone even thinking of trading this guy, Matusz? He's left handed and he is showing that he can start. Yeah, it's spring training, but I'm still confused over the rush to get rid of Matusz. Make him our 5th starter. Move someone else into the pen/Norfolk.

Now we have 7 guys competing for 5 rotation spots, it would seem. :scratchchinhmm:

Because his past history isn't as illustrious as his current results.

It would be irksome to deal with bad Matusz only to have him get his health straightened out and have him pitch well for someone else.

But who do you get rid of? How can there be room for all of them?

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What was it, 4 scoreless innnings against the Red Sox? Why is anyone even thinking of trading this guy, Matusz? He's left handed and he is showing that he can start. Yeah, it's spring training, but I'm still confused over the rush to get rid of Matusz. Make him our 5th starter. Move someone else into the pen/Norfolk.

Now we have 7 guys competing for 5 rotation spots, it would seem. :scratchchinhmm:

The problem is that the Orioles want to keep one of their rule 5 guys in the pen and Matusz is the most likely guy that needs to go to make that happen.

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What was it, 4 scoreless innnings against the Red Sox? Why is anyone even thinking of trading this guy, Matusz? He's left handed and he is showing that he can start. Yeah, it's spring training, but I'm still confused over the rush to get rid of Matusz. Make him our 5th starter. Move someone else into the pen/Norfolk.

Now we have 7 guys competing for 5 rotation spots, it would seem. :scratchchinhmm:

The best thing about his 4 scoreless innings is that his stock went up.

That's the thing with markets, you literally can't sell at a peak without slightly feeling like you might miss out on some profits. Because that's what a peak is at the time; it looks up and only up.

But if you are in touch with the fundamentals and trust your analysis, then you make the sell call as close to that peak as possible. And it always feels scary.

I think a trade is rather smart, exactly right now.

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But cFIP likes him. 92 cFIP in 2013, 90 in 2014. (Anything below 100 is above average.) And cFIP > FIP. http://www.hardballtimes.com/fip-in-context/

I do think it is clear the O's are shopping Matusz, mainly to clear some space for Garcia or Verrett. But in my opinion he is a solid lefty reliever, worth about what we're paying him.

Maybe I'm in the minority, but I'm not going to view Matusz as an above average pitcher based on a stat that was introduced to the world nine days ago.

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Cubs just lost Lester. They have good fortune with our rejects.

Isn't it just dead arm? Why do you make such hyperbolic statements?

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Isn't it just dead arm? Why do you make such hyperbolic statements?

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It's undiagnosed. They are calling it dead arm. Talk of him not being ready for Opening day in the articles I read.

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If Matusz winds up being a left-handed long relief pitcher for the Orioles in 2015 (and particularly if he has a better season than T.J. McFarland had last year), then Dan Duquette is going to look really good for giving him that $3.2 Million contract.

Of course it's only Spring Training, but from the reports of people that have seen him pitch so far, he looks good out there.

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