Elias has made moves to save money. Traded Villar, Bundy, Cashner.
This off season Cobb is in the last year of his contract. Alberto has his 2nd salary arbitration year.
Santander, Severino, Armstrong, Valaika and Nunez are all arbitration eligible for the first time.
Will Elias make moves to keep the team cheap?
The right choice IMO. Congrats to him. I hope his strong performance in a relatively short period this year carries over into 2021.
Santander has now played just a little more than a full season’s worth of games (176) and his 162-game average is 29 HR, 91 RBI to go with his career .759 OPS (which includes his two partial Rule 5 seasons).
Santander won it (thanks for the info, Sports Guy.)
This is mildly reminiscent of when Erik Bedard led the American League in Strikeouts-Per-9 Innings (10.929), Hits-Per-9 Innings (6.973), and was among the league leaders in Strikeouts (221) in spite of having missed the final 5 weeks of the season due to injury.
Yeah, I mean there will be some churn, but starting with the guys currently in the organization is really all you can do in making predictions.
I don't see them doing much trading but I could see potentially bringing in guys to challenge Valaika, Nunez, and Ruiz in spring training as well as a few more bullpen arms, but I would be surprised if they signed anyone to a MLB deal that would be immediately penciled into a roster spot.
There isn't a glaring hole that needs to be filled like with signing Iglesias, just some potential improvements in the margins.
If they wanted to spend money, they could sign a LeMahieu or Justin Turner, but that type of signing feels like a year off to me.
I dont think there is a more overrated Os prospect, amongst fans, than McKenna. He doesn’t hit well.
He certainly may be able to carve out a 4th/5th OFer role but that’s not exactly hard to find.
He has been rated way too high in many prospect lists.
The rebuilding phase is basically over if you think about it.
You are now handing the keys to the young talent, some of which got real experience this year, even if it was a SSS.
Its time to supplement them.
But more than that, zero chance they basically bring back the exact same team. Guys will be nontendered, guys will be traded, new players will be brought in.
They may not spend real money..I would anticipate they won’t but they should and there are som opportunities there.