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Would they need him as a bullpen arm because they certainly don't need him in their rotation?
They need help in their rotation, just wouldn't think Norris would be much help. They would like Chen though. Their OF right now is Pederson, Ethier, and Van Slyke. They really don't have anything they can part with.
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They need help in their rotation, just wouldn't think Norris would be much help. They would like Chen though. Their OF right now is Pederson, Ethier, and Van Slyke. They really don't have anything they can part with.

Actually Van Slyke is rehabbing in the minors, unless they called him up this morning. He played last night in Rancho Cucamonga.

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I doubt Dan tried very hard to trade Norris. The O's rotation helped them win the AL East and win the first round of the playoffs vs Cy Young winners. Jimenez was a big question mark when the season ended so the O's really only had Tillman, Chen, Gonzo and Norris to count on with Gausman expected to make a step into the rotation. The best the O's could do is hope that Jimenez would find a consistent delivery.

That is not a good position to be trading a starter. Mike Wright and Wilson still had a lot to prove. Heck, many thought Wright was going to be a reliever.

So what we know now about Jimenez and Mike Wright has changed the perspective on how much Norris is needed.

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Who do you lose for him?

If Gausman fills the slot well, probably I would have Wright keep starting at Norfolk and be available if we need another starter in second half and bring him back in Sept if not.

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I doubt Dan tried very hard to trade Norris. The O's rotation helped them win the AL East and win the first round of the playoffs vs Cy Young winners. Jimenez was a big question mark when the season ended so the O's really only had Tillman, Chen, Gonzo and Norris to count with Gausman expect to make a step into the rotation. The best the O's could do is hope that Jimenez would find a consistent delivery.

That is not a good position to be trading a starter. Mike Wright and Wilson still had a lot to prove. Heck, many thought Wright was going to be a reliever.

So what we know now about Jimenez and Mike Wright has changed the perspective on how much Norris is needed.

He still might be.

My money is on him eventually ending up in the pen.

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If Gausman fills the slot well, probably I would have Wright keep starting at Norfolk and be available if we need another starter in second half and bring him back in Sept if not.

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So who in the pen could be sent down if they need a fresh arm?

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Given the number of ABs it took Alvarez to figure out AAA pitching, I would hesitate to bring him up this year before September callups. Let him get his feet wet next April and May.

Its a good point. Doesn't mean if he is still hot come early July they might not try him in the majors to see what they have. Reimold had 2 HR is two months at Norfolk. He has had 2 HR in the first week in the majors. Norfolk is a tough place to hit.

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So who in the pen could be sent down if they need a fresh arm?

That is a good question. I get dizzy. Lol. Let's see. Matusz returns today but we were a man down so nobody has to go. Gausman gets activated?? Roe is out of options? Or TJ since Matusz takes his place. Whew, glad DD and Buck keep their pencils sharp.

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Its a good point. Doesn't mean if he is still hot come early July they might not try him in the majors to see what they have. Reimold had 2 HR is two months at Norfolk. He has had 2 HR in the first week in the majors. Norfolk is a tough place to hit.

Reimold had already proved he could hit MLB pitching, Alvarez has not. Big difference.

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Reimold had already proved he could hit MLB pitching, Alvarez has not. Big difference.

Agreed. I think Alvarez will be good. Plenty of time. I was impressed with his defense last night, we will see.

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