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April 25, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Grande Finale

by R.J. Anderson


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BALTIMORE ORIOLES
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Optioned RHP Jake Arrieta to Triple-A Norfolk. [4/22]
Recalled RHP Alex Burnett from Triple-A Norfolk. [4/22]

After 62 starts spread over parts of four seasons it's time to ask: When do you move Arrieta to the bullpen? The 27-year-old heads to Norfolk as the big-league leader in walks issued, having granted 16 free passes in 19 innings. Arrieta is a big, physical guy with a pair of good fastballs and the ability to maintain his velocity deep into games. Unfortunately, his command and control leave everyone wanting. There's probably a good reason why the O's have abstained from throwing Arrieta in the bullpen—perhaps he can't warm up quick enough, or they can't bring themselves to give up on his starting days—after all, this is the club that moved Brian Matusz to relief in a hurry. For now it's worth asking the question. Starting just isn't working.

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