He's not a must, but he's also far from first one demoted to make room for a new guy. He also should be given the opportunity to stick in the rotation for this year and years to come unless he can be included in a trade that makes sense, so not this one.
So somewhere we have to make choices.
I like Means, GRod and Hall above all other pitchers we have or project to have. We actually had them (and Kremer) before 2019.
I'm not hardup on the notion of Kremer. I like Bradish better (I think he has better stuff) and I'd probably trust Tyler Wells a little more today, given the choice.
If we're going to argue nobody can be traded (if I had suggested Bradish, would the commentary trade the name Kremer for Bradish?) ok, then we are good for the rotation and nobody should be discussing fringe swap-outs. You wanted Verlander (I'm not chasing career years at 40 with 50M, but he could have forced his way onto my roster for 135M) so sure Verlander takes someones spot, but someone is getting pushed out.
So realign the 2024 rotation with Kremer....
...is that good enough? Funny we had most of that in 2019.
The Orioles aren't paying anyone 20M AAV anytime soon, let alone 30M or 40M....so if you want to buy into some upside, you are going to have to buy low today. Or not.
My B+ offseason would have me trading Kremer in a package to the Brewers for Woodruff.
I'd have traded Kremer last year in a package for Luis Castillo.