My Initial take:
Looks like Elias is going with someone who can move quickly through the minors and be able to get and produce at the major league level quickly. While scouting takes on Cowser are a bit all over the place, he's a three year producer even though his conference is not very strong. He appears to be a high OBP guy with some pop and speed and even if Mullins is still center, he would like real good in Camden Yards spacious left field.
He appears to b a lower risk guy thoug
Will be interesting to see if Vespi pitches his way onto the 40 man or into a Rule V selection. Seems to me he might fall in between…..someone who isn’t protected because the O’s brass don’t think he’ll stay with a drafting team for the full season.
Hopefully this comes as actual housing owned by the teams in the minor league cities as opposed to a housing stipend provided to the players. Real estate is a fine investment for the team's investment portfolio and it is so difficult for the players to get anywhere near market rate trying to rent furnished apartments for less than 6 month terms (not to mention that they can be promoted, demoted or released at any time) that a housing stipend would be wildly inefficient. Teams know how many players will be at each level. Buy the real estate (or rent it for a full season's term) and allow the players to live there. When players change levels there will always be the correct amount of housing available. Don't make the players have to worry about it at all.