King: I'll take my time; O'Connor will be long man in pen
I'll get you full reaction from King, Acta and Bowden, but the upshot of the move:
1. King has 72 hours to report to Columbus. He didn't completely rule it out, but he wants a major league job and will seek a trade.
2. Bowden said he is not averse to finding a trade if it makes the club better.
3. O'Connor will be here tonight, and he will serve as the long man out of the bullpen but remains a candidate for the rotation should someone else falter. "This is about Mike O'Connor," Bowden said.
4. Acta and Bowden said, given the makeup of the club and its performance, the team couldn't afford to have a lefty-one-out-guy becuase they need more innings out of the pen.
King was obviously shocked. I'll give you more in a bit, but here's his initial reaction:
"After 14, 15 years, you come in, [they] tell you you don't have a job, it's very surprsing," King said. "I guess when things go bad, we start looking for other avenues. I guess I was just that avenue that didn't fit today."
And thanks to Sheinin for posting the initial news while I was waiting to talk to people in the clubhouse.
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