Orioles unlikely to make a move with Simon until Feb. 26
The Orioles aren’t commenting on the Alfredo Simon situation.
They haven’t at all since the Orioles’ 29-year-old reliever was named as the primary suspect in the New Year’s Day shooting death of his cousin and jailed in the Dominican Republic.
But with news today that his attempt to get bail was rejected by a Dominican judge, it has become an almost certainty that Simon won’t be in Sarasota on Feb. 14, when pitchers and catchers are supposed to report.
That is a voluntary date, however. The mandatory date for all players to report to spring training is Feb. 26.
Although the Orioles aren’t publicly commenting, one can make the jump that they will keep Simon on their 40-man roster until then. Once he doesn’t report by the mandatory date, they can move him to the sport’s restricted list, which is for players unable to perform baseball duties for reasons other than injury.
That will free up a spot on the club’s 40-man roster. Simon could remain on the restricted list until he is ready to re-join the team, whenever that may be, according to a Major League Baseball spokesman. While on the restricted list, the player does not get paid and does not accrue service time, the spokesman said.
Andy MacPhail, the club’s president of baseball operations, usually does things by the letter of the baseball law. So the guess is that’s how he will proceed on this matter. I doubt you’ll see the Orioles making any move involving Simon before Feb. 26.
Phil Isaac, one of Simon’s United States-based agents, said his client’s playing career is not a primary concern at this time.
“Our focus right now is on the young man who is battling for his life. We don’t want to comment on baseball,” Isaac said. “At this point, our focus is on the case at hand.”
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