You're right. Much better to save a few million than have a functional rotation.
Even if you think Hammel was a bad choice, the fact is DD did NOTHING to fix the rotation. NOTHING.
You may say "what should he have done?" And then respond with the inevitable "you don't know he was available/who says he didn't try/go play your Playstation," but the fact is that the results show he failed to improve the rotation in any way, and left it incredibly vulnerable to injury.
That is simply unacceptable.
Yeah, sign a guy who had elbow problems last year to replace a guy with shoulder problems this year. Not much of a Plan B.
Many players go the PRP/rest/rehab route the first time around because it's not invasive. After all, the Orioles did settle with Tillman (for $10 million) on January 17, which was a month after he had the first injection, so they were obviously aware of his status at that time. Tillman was a non-participant at the mini-camp in Sarasota, but he did show up and didn't reveal any problems when he was interviewed there, nor was it mentioned at FanFest. The public may not have been aware, but it's hard to imagine the team not being so.
There are three off days scheduled in the first 10 days of the season, so the Orioles won't even need a fifth starter until April 15. I say let's wait and see a bit.
Edited by mdrunning, 15 February 2017 - 12:39 AM.