Trachsel Returns

Steve Trachsel is back. After a brief trip to Chicago, the Orioles signed Trax back today. I did let out a groan when I saw this, but after a minute or two….its not as bad you’d think for a couple of reasons.

1. It’s a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. He’s not guaranteed a spot on the 40 man roster. If he stinks it up during spring training, he can be cut or play in Norfolk.

2. He can eat innings. He’s not anything special, but if he can go out there and go 6 or maybe even 7 innings that’s great. Adam Loewen is back, but will take time to work his way back up 100%. Cabrera could go nine innings or not even make it out of the first. With the slew of young pitchers coming up, they’re going to having outings that are short. Our bullpen has never been a beacon of perfection. With all of the young starters have and will have, the bullpen has to be protected with a starter or two that can give the bullpen a rest. Guthrie showed he do it last season, Cabrera can at times, and Trachsel could at times too.

3. Maybe he can teach the kids a thing or two, hopefully not how to pitch really really slow.

4. There’s no two or three year contract for Josh Fogg or Kyle Loshe. I’d rather have the possibility of Trachsel back rather than undermining rebuilding and committing money long term to bad pitchers. I’d rather give one a minor league deal.

I’m not in love with this deal, but its a practical one. Maybe if he makes the team and the young arms progress well maybe he’ll be traded again. Maybe a few young pitchers outpitch him in spring training and he doesn’t even make the team.

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