New Front Office Trying To Make Us Stop Saying Nice Things
For the last couple of weeks, I’d heard some rumblings that the team was going to use Phillippe Aumont as a reliever this year in order to manage his workload. He only threw 50 innings last year before he developed some arm problems, and they didn’t want him taking a huge jump up overnight.
Today, though, Baker has some really scary quotes from Zduriencik about this being more than a workload managing thing.
“We felt that this was a guy, who, if used in a relief role, could be on a real fast-track to the major leagues,” he said. “And we’re talking a real fast track.”
If Baker’s right, and the relief work in 2009 is permanent, the M’s will have used three consecutive first round picks on relief pitchers – Morrow, Aumont, and Fields. Relief pitchers are the least valuable commodity in baseball.
Let’s hope that there’s some wires crossed somewhere and Aumont hasn’t been pigeonholed as a reliever just yet…
Baker with a followup and some new quotes. The key one for me is “Nothing is carved in stone. This is an experiment we’re doing to see if we can get him to the big leagues quicker.” While that still makes this an experiment I’m not particularly fond of, it’s a lot different than “his days as a starter are over”. So, now, we just have to hope that the major league relievers outperform expectations and that Aumont goes back to starting in the second half of the year.