Why would you not bring back a guy that had a sub 2 ERA and .7 WHIP just based on age?
His stuff is completely unique so it would not surprise me if he bombs out in May or keeps pitching into his 40s. Either way he deserves a shot, IMO.
Just as a follow up to our Beyond the Top 30 piece, who will be the prospect that is in the system now that is not in the top 30 (I added Hernandez and Basallo at #17 and #18), but will be in the end of season 2021 Top 30?
Both getting an extra year of Baumann and signing 16 year kids are six years away from any impact on the major league team and Elias is concerned about the 16 year old kid. Why not the extra year of Baumann?
There is room to sign a veteran starter to a minor league contract. Someone that can move to the pen if needed. The O's enter ST knowing that Cobb has blister problems almost every spring. Also Baumann was shut down last season for an arm strain. Harvey has had injury problems for years. Sulser, Lakins, Harvey all have options and could begin the season at AAA. Lopez may be DFA'd to get him to AAA. There is no guaranteed that Zimmermann is ready for the majors. No one knows if Sceroler or Tyler Wells can make the jump to the majors.
Its better to have many pitchers to pick from. I hope a veteran starter/reliever is signed to a minor league contract.