Re: Can a player become a two-way player today (pitcher and fielder)?
I think they team will have to decide on one or the other come spring training. It's a good decision to have to make.
If he's capable of contributing to the rotation or the bullpen I think you have to give him a slot. This team has been too starved for too long in those regards. Now if he does make the staff he can be used as a late-game pinch hitter and could very well be the best guy on the team for RHPH.
If they detect something is wrong with his shoulder, a problem that would prevent him from becoming a useful starter or reliever, then I would instantly try him at LF. Let him settle in and give him a good couple of months to adjust to hitting major league pitching on a regular basis and watch what happens.
It'll be fun to watch and see what this team does with Owings. He will contribute to next year's team positively in some form or another, but will not be a two-way threat.