I think that’s the most realistic scenario, but we’d need to sign a FA closer. What would Cano’s season looked like if Bautista didn’t start stranding his runners and bailing him out post July? The team wasn’t phased too much by Bautista’s injury but our offense popped off and maybe that was because some other teams had given up.
I think Wells is a SP. So we need a reliever.
The one year closers make the most sense. Kimbrel, Robertson (I know he wasn’t mentioned), or Chapman. I don’t see them spending for Hader. Hicks is possible but unlikely. I’d guess Robertson with Kimbrel 2nd.
Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports that the O’s have been in contact with each of Josh Hader, Jordan Hicks, Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman. All four hurlers fit the general profile of a late-inning arm, although they’re clearly in different tiers of free agency.
He thinks Milwaukee will not move Burnes, he also confirmed that the Orioles wanted Cease at the deadline and they are the best match for him.
If Mateo or Urias can improve our #5 rotation spot, sure. Matz could be a fit if we see a path to improvement. And if he has any options left.
But a trade for a #5 doesn’t scratch the itch.
I tend to think Urias/Mateo will bring a low level lottery. Or they are part of a package.
The O's go into ST with Wells, Hall, Irvin and whoever they acquire competing for the 5th starter position. Wells is going to be the best coming out of ST in all probability.
Hall in high leverage spot in the pen. Irvin in long relief.