Well, both I suppose. If the Os didn't think he was going to produce I suppose they would have moved on from him. At the same time when we discuss using Kjerstad or Mayo or someone else who is blocked or needs a place to play given a shot at 1st base it's quickly pointed out that 1st base is currently full with O'Hearn and Mountcastle. I'm just not sure that we didn't see the best couple of months that O'Hearn will ever hit and if so then replacing him with someone that has more potential could be an important step to a successful year for the Os.
It's just a funny dynamic around here at times. Some want to hold on to EVERY SINGLE PLAYER that contributed a bit to our magical season last year (partially understandable of course) while others want to boot everyone with more than 3 years of service time and start a rookie at every position. 🙂 Fun to watch!
Are we talking about “too many folks” or the Orioles? I think the Orioles are hoping for the .750- .800 version. Would be happy with anything more and disappointed with anything less. As far as counting on him, if he becomes the sub .700 version he runs the risk of diminished playing time or being replaced by Kjerstad, Mayo, or whoever. The great thing about depth and no star contacts is that it makes it easier to move on.