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Orioles101 Mailbag: Starting Rotation Remains a Focus, Nolan Reimold Questions Frequent

June 29th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Josh Michael

It's Sunday, and you know what that means, it's time for the latest edition of Orioles101 mailbag and this week the Baltimore Orioles starting rotation remained the focus, but we received several questions regarding Nolan Reimold.

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As we always do, we want to remind you that if we receive multiple questions on the same topic, we answer them with one general answer as opposed to answering each one and repeating ourselves.

The Orioles can only go with six starters for so long, who gets demoted?

We do agree, the Orioles can only go so long before they have to go back to a five man rotation, but we do not simply believe that one guy will get demoted to the bullpen and that's it. There are two things we believe are the likely scenarios with the starting rotation: First off, Miguel Gonzalez would seem to be the odd man out right now, plus he has bullpen experience and would likely be the smoothest transition of the current starters, but we believe he would still get spot starts in the middle of a long stretch of games in order to give the other five starters an extra day of rest. Secondly, and perhaps more likely, much like Bud Norris is currently on the DL, we believe that a starter will be placed on the DL with some sort of injury at some point in order to rest for a couple weeks and thus leave you with five starters. This is not something that is out of the ordinary and practically every team in baseball does this at some point.

What should the Orioles do with Nolan Reimold?

Towards the end of the week, this became the most popular and frequently asked question of us here at Orioles101 and several readers and followers both asked the question and gave their opinions. In general, our followers' opinions were led with putting Reimold on the active roster to replace David Lough. While that does make sense to a point, Lough is out of options and the Orioles are already starved for left handed bats, thus if you replaced Lough with Reimold, that would both take away a left handed bat and add just another right handed hitting corner outfielder to an already crowded group. Also, Lough is out of options and would likely be claimed on waivers, thus you would probably lose him and with Reimold's health history, we do not believe that it would be a good move to place Reimold on the 25-man roster and waive Lough. Yes, if Reimold is placed on waivers, he will likely be picked up pretty quickly and his Orioles career would be over, but do you really want to keep a guy who has a frequent injury history and lose a young, speedy, and strong defensive player in Lough?

What is the biggest need for the Orioles with the trade deadline just a month away?

Great question, and despite what some may believe, we do not think a starting pitcher is the biggest need right now. In fact, it would come in at fourth on our needs list behind a solid bullpen arm, a catcher and our opinion on the biggest need, a left handed bat. Baltimore's current bench on most nights includes two left handed hitters in Lough and Ryan Flaherty with neither presenting any fear whatsoever in opposing pitchers. We will touch on some of the names we are thinking could be good options later on in the next couple of weeks, but this team needs another lefty that is a viable option at the plate.

As always, we thank everyone for their questions throughout the week, and we continue to urge you to send us questions every week as Orioles101 Mailbag is here to stay as a weekly edition.


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