Trade Shows Faith in Lefty McFarland, Knows He Still Has to Perform

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Trade Shows Faith in Lefty McFarland, Knows He Still Has to Perform
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The Orioles’ trade of veteran right-hander reliever Luis Ayala allowed the team the get back to a conventional 12-pitcher staff and seven-man bullpen – and the move was also a show of confidence in Rule 5 pick T.J. McFarland. McFarland must stay on the roster all season or else the team will likely lose him back to the Cleveland Indians. “I still have to perform,” said McFarland, who tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings in his major league debut on Saturday. “The security is there a little bit, but not really because I still have to get outs. With the trade, it definitely bestows a little more confidence in me that they definitely are thinking more long term to get rid of an option.”

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