I’m torn on Mckenna. I see your points about Fry and Armstrong. I think we have some relievers that would be “good” if they were on a team that could use them in traditional ways. Like Fry, Scott, Armstrong, Castro, and even Bleier, but we’re not a traditional team. We’re a team struggling to cover innings.
That’s why I Was surprised we let Ynoa and Brooks both go. I could see one but not both. Those were two guys you could stick in any game and say you just gotta eat innings.
Having one inning relievers on this team is pretty pointless, outside of Givens.
Will we be able to do the Norfolk shuttle now, since there really aren’t those guys on the roster now to shuttle up and down? They’re now prospects that we’d like to leave in their SP regimen.
The O's really needs to add near term starters. And to sign them Elias may have to offer a 40 man roster spots. I see Armstrong and Fry vulnerable to being left go in order to sign some guys that offer more innings. Wojo types.
Kyle Moore says Fenter has three plus pitches. As bad as the O's need starters I can't see them exposing a guy like that to the draft. Even if he ends of being a multi inning reliever if he has three plus pitches he is too good to expose IMO.
If the O's had the room I would protect McKenna but when I try to fit him on the 40 man with the need for starters, long relievers and adding Mountcastle I run out of room.
26 man roster thought...
A six man rotation would benefit everyone. I know, I know... we can barely find 5 SP(really 3), but it could allow us to start Harvey in 3IP stints, and go from there.
Means - would his fb play up, or could it hurt the feel for his secondaries?
Bundy - always benefits from the extra rest
Cobb - has been hurt the last two years, so...
Wojo - his stuff could play up
Akin - a good way to break him into the MLB. Wasn’t going deep into AAA starts.
Harvey - we get to see if he can start with extra rest and a controlled environment.
Also this would be a good way to introduce future pitching prospects as either spot starters or for long relief one game. Or why couldn’t we just piggyback guys like they do in the minors to start the year. What is the downside? We lose 110 instead of 105?
Just reminds of how strange a year 2012 was. Roberts was a non-contributor to that team. I can’t say I be same about Markakis, he just caught a tough break from CC. The first time we make the playoffs after all those years and those two weren’t factors in the playoffs.