by Hangout Staff
In spite of the Buck talking about 16 scouts being in the stands looking at the O's pitching, there is not much that will be made available by Opening Day. If the guys with options are kept only one non rostered pitcher is likely to be made available - Aceves who has an opt-out.
The guys without options that likely make the team are:
De La Cruz
Escalona is probably DL'd.
Everyone else has options except Meek who is on a minor league contract. Gausman who has impressed, and the rest of the optioned pitchers improve the team's organizational depth with them going to the minors to be ready for call up when needed.
There will probably be two or three position players that will be lost during the cut down. Those that make it are:
One of Clevenger or Monell - both of who have options
(If the O's don't add a veteran back up catcher)
That is two spots.
Davis, Hardy, Flaherty(who is too valuable for his versatility to be optioned)
The O's need a second player that can play 2B.
Schoop or Weeks stay. The other is optioned.
Manny has 3B if healthy. Alex Gonzalez probably stays if Manny is not available to start the season. Otherwise Gonzalez could opt-out.
Almanzar is on the bubble.
That is five infield spots.
Markakis, Jones, Cruz and Lough stay.
That is four outfield/DH spots.
That is eleven safe spots.
The final two are a choice between:
Alex Gonzalez (if Manny is healthy)
The O's probably lose whoever does not get picked. I don't see any of them making it through waivers. Only Reimold's 1.045m and Pearce's 850k salaries stand in the way of them being claimed on waivers. If they play well for the next two weeks all three non selected players probably will be claimed or opt-out.
Trades are, of course, possible if another GM thinks the player will be picked before it gets to his turn to claim the desired player.
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