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.
I was just perusing the old Fangraphs, looking to see if anyone had thrown a knuckleball in 2020. Last year there were a handful of guys who threw a few flutterballs, but I knew Steven Wright was out with an injury.
According to the pitch type listings the only people who've thrown the pitch this year are position players: Erik Kratz, Todd Frazier, and Holaday. But it's so few pitches, and players who don't normally pitch, I don't know if it wasn't just a mis-categorization of a batting practice curveball or something.
Does anyone remember Holaday's stint on the mound on August 14th? I certainly wasn't watching the end of a 15-3 blowout loss. The only clue in the game thread was @SteveA commenting that "Holaday bringing it at 73 MPH".
If we could get confirmation that he threw a knuckler, that might be the first one by an Oriole pitcher since Dan Boone in 1990, although Fangraphs says Ryan Flaherty may have also thrown a few knucklers in a pitching appearance in '16. But again we'd need confirmation that it wasn't just a 71 mph junkball that the trackers didn't know what to do with.
I suppose 2B is arguable. Alberto hits OK, but his defense is not very good. But do you really think a 500 or better team can have a third baseman like Ruiz? His defense is really bad, and I’ve been one of his big fans., But he doesn’t hit enough to compensate for his defense, or vice versa. He needs to go and we need to replace him with somebody competent.