lost to.. Hughes?
Yes I think Berrios should be in the majors. Period. I get that there will be an opening in the rotation soon for some reason or another. If it's true they are only sending him down to stretch him out, then they can easily put a date on his return or name exactly how many starts he will make in Rochester before being called back up. Does that help you understand where I'm coming from?
I think I've understood you along. However... I told my wife I understood last week and I came home from the Grocery Store with Cottage Cheese. Turns out that she wanted Broccoli.
GM's put together a roster during the Winter and that is what they do. You don't sign Jason Castro to a 24 million dollar deal and then tell him that he will be competing for a roster spot with Gimenez, Murphy and Garver. The GM will immediately project Castro as the #1 and there will be no competition for that spot regardless if Garver hits .500 while Castro hits .145. If the GM doesn't do this type of thing... he will never get a player to sign with him.
I'm pretty sure that the GM decided that Santiago would have a rotation spot and no competition for that spot when he picked up the multi million dollar option. He has to make decisions like that well before spring training. The GM decided that Sano would be the starting 3B with no competition when Plouffe was released and no significant 3B was signed to replace Plouffe.
The GM has to make these type of decisions prior to spring training because he needs to know if he should pick up this player or that player and in the process of doing this... he is basically locking down spots on the opening day roster for a majority of the players (if they remain healthy in spring training).
By the time he is done the majority of the opening day roster is locked down before the first player rolls into the Fort. There will be only a couple of legit battles and even those legit battles probably start with a strong favorite that has to lose the job because GM's have to project a front runner to determine need and level of replacement.
I have no idea if Berrios had a legitimate shot at the rotation but IMO... I don't think it is good strategy for a manager to tell someone fairly important that he has no shot at the rotation.
Or maybe he did... "You have our blessing to join team Puerto Rico. We think it will be a long shot for you to make the opening day rotation. You'll report to Rochester when you return... don't worry about it... we believe you are important part of our future... have fun representing your country". Or "It's your choice... but if you choose to go to Puerto Rico for the WBC... you will have no shot at making the rotation. Your call... go if you want and please understand the ramifications of your decision" Molitor or someone may have had a conversation like that with Berrios before he left Ft. Myers. Maybe the Twins said "Have fun... we will be watching". I don't know but I don't believe... Molitor showed up one day at Ft. Myers... looked around and asked Allen where Berrios was??? Only to be shocked that he took off for the WBC last night. Berrios going to Puerto Rico was probably already baked into the decision making process. He reported to Rochester right quick after returning.
Baseball and the CBA basically dictate that you must stash younger players in AAA because you will need a decent replacement or 3 or 4 during the season. Every team does it... Pitchers with options... even amazing ones... start the year in AAA like 95% of the time because they can be stashed in AAA and the veterans can't. It'll happen again next year and it'll happen again on every major league team.
I think it's incredible that Mejia is still a consideration. Or Duffey for that matter... since they are still stashable.
I just made the word "Stashable" up.