The Orioles on Tuesday revealed Buck Showalter's 25-man roster for Opening Day. The team cut promising lefty prospect Zach Britton, backup catcher Craig Tatum and utility infielder Brendan Harris. Earlier in the week, outfielder Nolan Reimold was sent to to Triple-A Norfolk, too.
None of these moves were shocking, but strictly speaking about baseball, you could argue that some of those players should have made the roster if contract implications didn't come into play.
For example, Reimold outplayed Felix Pie in spring training, but Pie got the fourth outfielder gig because Reimold had an option remaining and Pie did not. And Britton was one of the team's best pitchers in Grapefruit League play and the rotation would likely be better if it included him, but he didn't make the cut because the team didn't want to start his arbitration clock before it had to.
Given all that, I have no arguments against Showalter's final roster decisions -- chances are we will see guys like Reimold and Britton at Camden Yards at some point this summer -- but feel free to chime in if you do.
You tell me: Which Orioles roster moves, if any, do you disagree with?Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times