1) Tyler Wells' spot with the Orioles is in turmoil after the Corbin Burnes trade
One of the great stories of this past season for Baltimore was the emergence of Tyler Wells, who came out of nowhere to be one of their best starting pitchers. Three rough starts after the All-Star break led to one of the more surprising demotions to the minor leagues of the season, and Wells' spot with Baltimore has been in turmoil ever since.
The right-hander had a 3.80 ERA in 21 appearances (20 starts) before being sent down, but that solid ERA was paired with a rough-looking 5.14 FIP, making it reasonable to question how much Baltimore could realistically trust him. He'd return in September in a bullpen role and throw five scoreless innings, even cracking the postseason roster.
While it was encouraging to see Wells pitch well in his four appearances out of the bullpen in September, it's unclear as to whether that is enough for him to earn a permanent spot in their bullpen. Wells would be one of three Orioles relievers with options, but we know that Yennier Cano and Dillon Tate aren't going to be sent down. It feels like he's a rough Spring Training from being down in the minors again.
Wells' chances of being a starting pitcher on the Opening Day roster without injuries are non-existent. He has a better chance than Irvin or Heasley to make it in relief, but that's far from a guarantee, especially if Baltimore wants to give him another chance down the line as a starter.