Listened to Elias on MASN Hot Stove last night. While many things are TBD, two things seem firm.
1) He wants a left-handed hitter to back up Mountcastle at first. This is not a revelation to many. But I needed to hear it from him. He suggested Santander, Vavra, O'Hearn and said he is still looking. That means no Westburg backing up 1B. Time for me to adjust.
2) Cole Irvin is in the rotation. Its being handed to him. He does not have to earn it. I take it that its settled, Irvin will be in rotation on March 30 for the beginning of the season. His two seasons in the majors and the 180 IP are what seems to matter.
His 5.26 ERA outside the Oakland Coliseum does not. I remain skeptical he can hold the starting spot over Wells and Voth into May. But I protest too much. Time to sit back and watch what happens with Irvin.