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Do DeAza and Lough exist on the same roster in 2015?


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As stated already, a lot depends on Markakis. If he is signed, there is some depth that can be dealt from to improve other areas of the team if needed. That said, I don't see it as a requirement. I could see an OF of De Aza, Jones and Markakis with Lough and Pearce on the bench (unless Cruz or another DH option isn't signed). In that scenario, Pearce would essentially platoon with De Aza and play some 1B, DH, RF, etc as well and serve as a super sub type of player.

After his season this year I know there will be a push to get him into a starting role, but I don't know if his best position may be to not be over exposed and to add depth getting 300 at bats if everyone stays healthy (not likely) and then filling in for injuries when they arise.

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The O's kept Delmon Young and Steve Pearce last year who were thought to be redundant. They both proved to be valuable. De Aza is probably a leftfielder on the team either as a everyday or platoon player. Lough is cheap and has a 40 man roster spot. I expect him to go to ST with the O's and compete for a 25 man roster spot.

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I do not know why everybody is so down on Lough?

He is cheap and under team control, and if he can contribute and play like he did after the ASG, then he has a productive role on this team as the 4th OF.

He starts the season on the roster, and if he doesn't contribute, then look for DD to make roster moves accordingly.

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Again, the choice (if there is one) is between Markakis and De Aza, not Lough and De Aza. Lough is going to be with the team next season. We need a solid, cheap 4th outfielder. Lough satisfies all those requirements and has a little upside to boot. If the Orioles retain Markakis, I think they'll likely let De Aza walk (a decision I disagree with). But of all three players, Lough is the player most likely to be with the team next year. That doesn't mean he's the best player--he's not--but his price matches his projected role.

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I do not know why everybody is so down on Lough?

On the contrary, I think the board is surprisingly optimistic about a late-20s journeyman who the O's acquired for a spare part, played his way out of a regular job with a sub-.500 OPS two months into the season, and didn't really ever get back to regular playing time the rest of the year. I've seen multiple posts suggesting he's not only deserving of regular play, but maybe even taking Nick Markakis' spot. If anyone is down on Lough it's Buck Showalter, who you implicitly trust.

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Again, the choice (if there is one) is between Markakis and De Aza, not Lough and De Aza. Lough is going to be with the team next season. We need a solid, cheap 4th outfielder. Lough satisfies all those requirements and has a little upside to boot. If the Orioles retain Markakis, I think they'll likely let De Aza walk (a decision I disagree with). But of all three players, Lough is the player most likely to be with the team next year. That doesn't mean he's the best player--he's not--but his price matches his projected role.

Then who plays LF? I just don't see how they can trust a Pearce/Lough platoon. Buck didn't trust him last year, I can't see it this year.

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A Pearce/Lough platoon doesn't have to be a strict platoon if Pearce hits like an .800 OPS guy, which he's done the last 2 seasons (although not full seasons). I don't think Lough is in Buck's doghouse as much as everyone else thinks. Still, I admit, it doesn't appear he's in the starting plans at this point.

In my mind I just don't see how in the spot we are in we can take that chance. DeAza might stink next year but if he does we have options. I love Pearce but his health and other issues can't be ignored.

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The O's kept Delmon Young and Steve Pearce last year who were thought to be redundant. They both proved to be valuable. De Aza is probably a leftfielder on the team either as a everyday or platoon player. Lough is cheap and has a 40 man roster spot. I expect him to go to ST with the O's and compete for a 25 man roster spot.

Very True. Good Point.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>De Aza could be luxury <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> can't afford. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OriolesTalk?src=hash">#OriolesTalk</a>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>De Aza could be luxury <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Orioles?src=hash">#Orioles</a> can't afford. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OriolesTalk?src=hash">#OriolesTalk</a>

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So aggravating. You can't afford to pay De Aza 6 million but you can afford to pay Markakis 30+ million?

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