"They're all difficult," executive vice president Dan Duquette said of the move. "We wrestle with these decisions and hash them out and go back and forth and try to develop more options for the team to keep all the players in the organization, but we couldn't come up with a solution to this roster move because we don't have the flexibility in our roster that we've had in the past."
In the end, the need to add a relief pitcher to a shorthanded bullpen won out. The Orioles typically cycle through fresh relievers by utilizing all young pitchers with minor league options. Most of those pieces are already in the minors.
In their stead, the Orioles have added outfielders. Both Nolan Reimold and Chris Parmelee joined the outfield equation in June, joining Young, David Lough, Travis Snider, Steve Pearce and Jimmy Paredes in a rotation on either side of center fielder Adam Jones.
"Buck likes to go with the extra pitcher, and there's a lot of good reasons to have an extra pitcher on the roster — particularly if you have stress on your starting pitching or you get into an extra-inning game, you have a fresh bullpen every night," Duquette said.
"We do have some other options on the bench. Delmon Young did a nice job for the team. He had a good year last year, a really good year last year, and has contributed to this year's ballclub."