Assuming the Orioles go with 12 pitchers, there's room for only one of these two -- and that's assuming Gausman, Johnson and McFarland are bound for the Triple-A rotation. Meek is the leader in the clubhouse, if you will, after not allowing a base runner and striking out five in his first six innings of the spring. An All-Star with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2010, he's only 30 and appears he could be another Showalter-Duquette nugget. But he is on a minor league deal and has a minor league option remaining. Therefore he could get caught in the numbers game if the Orioles feel compelled to keep a pitcher who could go elsewhere. Aceves (pictured), 31, has been spotty this spring, allowing five earned runs in nine innings. But he has a major league arm and the ability to opt out of his contract. He also has experience closing, which would be helpful if Hunter struggles. He'd be great to stash at Norfolk if he'd be willing to stick with his minor league deal.
Kim Klement, USA Today Sports