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    • Or, he took a year of high school Latin, like I did.   It’s the sine qua non for any pseudointellectual like me.
    • I think you are missing a couple of points here.   First, lots of players were scheduled to make more than $22 mm last year.   But because they only played 37% of the regular season, they only got 37% of their scheduled pay.   For example, Kershaw was scheduled to receive $31 mm but only received $11.5 mm due to the shortened season.   Chen, on the other hand, had been released before spring training even began and therefore was owed his entire 2020 salary of $22 mm.   I’m sure if the Marlins had known in advance that the season would be shortened, they would have left Chen on the roster and only paid him $8.1 mm. The second point is that Chen’s contract was significantly backloaded.   The Marlins signed him for 5/$80 mm, which averages $16 mm/yr, but it was structured like this: $12.5 mm, $15.5 mm, $10 mm, $20 mm, $22 mm. So, the fact that Chen was the highest paid player last year is just a consequence of the pandemic truncating other players’ salaries but not his, and the backloading of his deal.    Any way you slice it, the deal worked out horribly for the Marlins.    
    • I think your definition of a core player is stricter than some people’s.   I agree Santander doesn’t meet your definition.  
    • I think his ceiling would be that of a guy who is, as you say, a fringe core player. So, I would agree that he has an outside chance of becoming that player, although I don’t think he can do it year in and year out.  Like most very good role players, they are capable of popping a year or 2 where they look like AS or even make the AS team, deservedly.  However, they will have other years where they aren’t much better than a replacement player.     However, he is most likely “just” a solid role player capable of carrying an offense for a week or so.  While he is making little to no money (basically for the next 2 seasons), that is quite valuable.  No denying that. But there isn’t risk there and you can replace him within the organization and since you don’t care about winning, just do that.
    • No, but Dan Duquette gamed his Rule 5 time. lol
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