I guess some GM's prefer a known to an unknown. You know what you're getting with Buck, good and bad. He seems like he gets the respect of his teams, knows how to manage a bullpen, and manage a game. Snide remarks unwelcomed.
Well obviously you hope for the best possible outcome if he’s here. That goes without saying.
This thread could be totally renamed with “what is your expectation of his health”. That’s literally the only question worth asking. If he’s healthy, he will Hit for power and should play solid defense.
We know the OBp will not be that good.
If the new CBA includes NL DH then I could see Santander or Mancini traded. However, I think Mancini DH’s thru the trade deadline. Santander plays RF. At that time, Stowers takes over in RF, and Santander DHs, unless Santander plays his way to being traded as well.
I like Santander. I just see him being a spare/expensive part considering Stowers is real close.
I hope Santander puts up .750+ OPS in the first half. I think he would greatly benefit from having days off, and DH’ing some. We should try and keep him healthy.
I not saying Buck was wholly responsible. I just don't think he was somehow how jobbed by how his tenure here ended. I don't think he deserves a fifth shot when other guys haven't had one. He's got a career record of 1551-1517 as a manger. That's solid but not exceptional.