Last series of the season, the homestretch, Lopez versus who cares?
Savor every hit and run, savor even the errors and the gaffes, because after Sunday, the sun sets until Pitchers & Catchers report...if they do.
If they trade Cobb at the deadline they will already have paid 2/3s of his salary. If Elias can dump half of Cobb's salary for a Dominican player that will probably never make the majors......he is gone.
I don't know Elias plans for Diaz but if he think he will be promoted by some time in May he will need to find at bats for him. Nunez staying on a 30 homer pace means he could make 2 or 3 million in arbitration. I don't see Elias paying that when he can replace him with a current O's prospect make less than 600K.
Alberto will be a one and a half years from FA in July. So if someone makes an offer that gets Elias a good return Alberto is gone. Valaika is almost the same player. Hit lefties but not righties. Plays a decent 2B with some versatility. And Valaika will be cheaper by a million or two.
Davis probably stays on the 26 man roster so they can see if there is a work stoppage in the next two years that saves the O's part of his salary. So the bench is Davis, a catcher, an outfielder and an infielder that can play SS well enough to backup Iglesias. With Martin at AAA to start the season Elias has to go find that player.