Earlier this week the Baltimore Orioles instated pitcher Branden Kline onto the 40-man roster. In a sense, he’s officially a big leaguer. Of course the fact that it’s November means that he won’t be in games anytime soon. But nevertheless he’s on the roster.
The Birds considered giving Kline a September call-up this year. However with him coming off of Tommy John surgery, they opted to shut him down. And odds are that was smart. There probably wasn’t much for him to prove this September in any games.
For what it’s worth, Kline in essence took Adam Jones‘ spot on the 40-man roster. Jones because a free agent on Tuesday of this week, and is officially no longer employed by the club. And effective today, former manager Buck Showalter and former GM Dan Duquette can say the same. Their contracts expired at the end of October.
The Orioles were considering the option of protecting Kline during the Rule 5 draft, but putting him on the 40-man roster does that and then some. How he fits into whatever direction the team heads from here remains to be seen. Of course, once we know who the GM and manager will be, that might become a bit more clear.