The Baltimore Orioles limp into Detroit tonight in the midst of a four-game losing streak. Over the course of that time, the bullpen has turned into a bit of a disaster zone. Needless to say, yesterday’s off day benefited everyone – and in more than one way.
The Birds are carrying six relievers, which also means that they have an extra bench player. For the sake of conversation, let’s say that extra bench player is Hyun-Soo Kim – who can’t get off the bench. This has been said more than once, and on various outlets; do the O’s really need an extra bench player?
The bullpen had become incredibly over-taxed going into the off day. It still may be to a certain degree for all I know. However what was originally a strength on this team has suddenly turned into a question mark. And as I’ve said, they aren’t at full strength.
Kim’s given value to this Orioles team in the year plus he’s been here. However he is a free agent after the season. So if the Orioles were to DFA him, they’d be on the hook for his salary for this year – and nothing more. Obviously if the O’s could work out a trade for him, that would be ideal.
At the end of the day, I suspect that it will be Kim who goes in some manner – at some point. Possibly today, for all I know. He isn’t serving the Orioles any purpose just wasting away on the bench. Yes, granted he’s someone opposing teams have to think might be used at some point for sure. But the track record this season indicates that he’s barely even a decoy.
And I don’t say this to beat up on Kim per se. In fact, I think the Orioles should have tried to work out a trade for him well before now – and there’s every chance that they’ve been trying to do just that. But what I’m saying is that the Orioles need an extra bullpen slot, and they have an outfielder who nary ever plays taking up a roster spot. It’s simple math in my book.
The Birds find themselves in Detroit for the opener of a three-game set this evening. Wade Miley gets the start for the O’s, and he’ll be opposed by Detroit’s Matthew Boyd. Game time is set for just after 7 PM.