I think you are making too much out of your assertion that Elias "let the cat out of the bag" regarding a possible non-tender of Villar. With an estimated $10.4 million arb salary and free agency approaching next off-season, the fact that Villar was a non-tender candidate was pretty obvious. Paying Villar $10.4 million for 2020 certainly would not have brought the Orioles into contention. Given the Orioles' situation, I would guess that just about every GM in baseball fully anticipated the non-tender. If anything, it seems to me that Elias' actions leading up to the tender deadline probably pushed Miami into a trade offer, which enabled the Orioles to get something out of nothing. In any event, I can't agree with your opinion that Elias somehow bumbled the situation.