The offseason “elephant in the room” in Orioles Talk Posted September 23 2 hours ago, Sports Guy said: What do you do with Mancini? This is a pretty crucial decision. Moves will obviously be made but there will still be plenty of roster questions. Will room be made for Diaz? Will Mountcastle play first or LF? How do you handle DH? Mancini is a factor in all of these decisions, not to mention do you want to pay him 5-8M next year coming off of him kicking cancers butt? It’s a risk, for sure. I don’t envy Elias here. Obviously, you have to see where he is strength wise and stuff like that to really make this decision but once you have that confirmation, what do you do? First, I don’t think the range is $5-8 mm. $5 mm is about the ceiling (Mancini was due to earn $4.75 mm this year.) For example, Alex Cobb earned $4 mm in his first Arb year, missed that whole season with TJ surgery that cropped up that spring, and got paid $4 mm the following year. I think that’s pretty typical when a player misses the whole season due to injury or other physical reasons. $5 mm is not pocket change when you are uncertain how strongly Mancini will come back, assuming he’s able to do so. But, the upside is pretty good too. And yes, the O’s have a bunch of other 1B/DH/OF types, but none of them except possibly Mountcastle has Mancini’s upside. I think that, along with PR, team morale and other “soft factors” will lead the O’s to bring him back and take their chances. Whether they try to make a move or two to alleviate the crowding at 1B/DH/OF will be interesting to watch.