What roster move do you make when Izturis is activated?
OK, it’s time to replace your beer-drinking hat with your GM-thinking hat.
(Sure, you may wear both if you really want).
Shortstop Cesar Izturis is expected to come off the disabled list Friday, and the Orioles don’t want to get rid of a pitcher.
So they have a tough roster move to make.
They likely will have to move either outfielder Felix Pie or infielder Oscar Salazar. They’ll either trade one or designate one, meaning they will then have 10 days to trade or ask waivers on that player.
Pie, 24, has much more upside and has been hitting well of late. But he lost any chance of starting full-time when Nolan Reimold came up from Triple-A.
Salazar, 31, has shown an ability to pinch-hit and can play several infield positions, but he isn’t considered part of the future. And a pinch-hit specialist isn’t crucial for a last-place team.
Neither one will bring you much in the trade front; both likely will be claimed if waived.
The other option is designating/releasing/demoting a pitcher. But with such a young rotation that doesn’t go deep into games, the club needs as many relief arms as possible. So I don’t think that will be heavily considered.
My guess is Salazar will be traded for a low-level prospect. But this isn’t about me. You are the one wearing the GM hat.
Daily Think Special: What roster move do you make when Cesar Izturis is activated?