Over the past decade, Chaz Roe has been the textbook definition of a journeyman pitcher, playing for six different organizations in his first 10 professional seasons. In 2016, he added another team to the list after the Orioles designated him for assignment in late July and the Braves claimed him a week later. Roe posted a 3.72 ERA (5.73 FIP) with the O's, but fared much better out of the Braves' bullpen over 20 innings. Some improvement was to be expected as he moved from the offensive-heavy AL East to the much less daunting NL East. If the veteran makes the big league club in 2017, he'll likely serve in a similar relief role. Unless he somehow finds his way into a setup role, however, he holds minimal fantasy value in even the deepest of leagues.
Roe is the most likely candidate to win the final spot in the Braves' Opening Day bullpen, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. Roe has been competing all spring for a spot in Atlanta's bullpen, and it appears he still has a very good chance of landing it. The 30-year-old right-hander spent most of 2016 with Atlanta after coming over midseason from Baltimore, posting a 3.64 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched combined for both teams. If Roe ends up losing out on the roster spot, fellow right-hander David Hernandez could very possibility be the recipient.
Roe will compete for a spot in the Braves' bullpen this spring. He made a good impression on the coaching staff after joining the club from Baltimore late last season, striking out 26 in 20 innings with a 3.60 ERA and 1.05 WHIP, but Roe lacks the raw stuff to thrive in the late innings and has never been able to marshal his control, so even if he does crack the 25-man roster, the 30-year-old will likely be stuck in a low-leverage role.
The Braves claimed Roe off waivers from Baltimore on Sunday, Kevin McAlpin of Sports Radio 680 The FAN reports. Roe will join the Braves' bullpen in Milwaukee on Monday, with a corresponding move likely on the way. The 29-year-old pitched reasonably well in his limited time with Baltimore (3.72 ERA), but his 5.72 FIP suggests otherwise. He did succeed at Triple-A, however, posting a 2.39 ERA at that level while notching 45 strikeouts over 27.2 innings. Control continues to be an issue (10 walks in that span), but perhaps a change of scenery and pitching coaches can help.
Roe was called up by the Orioles on Thursday, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. T.J. McFarland (knee) was placed on the 15-day DL, opening the door for Roe to join the major league team for the first time this season. He was designated for assignment just prior to the start of the season and passed through waivers unclaimed. The 29-year-old has turned in a 2.39 ERA and 0.98 WHIP with Triple-A Norfolk this season after posting a 4.14 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 36 appearances with the big club in 2015.
Roe cleared waivers Friday and will likely head to Triple-A Norfolk, Jerry Crasnick of Baseball America reports. It appears that no teams wanted to open up a 40-man roster spot for the right-hander, so he'll head to the minor leagues despite being out of options. He'll continue to act as organizational depth for Baltimore going forward.