Yes, I’m fine (at least entering the 2021 season) with Mullins as your 4th OFer and a speed guy to being off the bench late in games.
Let’s just stop pretending he has any kind of real upside or that he should be starting, that’s all.
Yeah, Mullins is pretty clearly not a starting MLB outfielder, at least not for a team that hopes to be successful. But Mullins does look like he will hit/bunt enough to be a decent 4th outfielder who can pinchrun and serve as a defensive substitution at all three outfield positions at a reasonably high level.
Considering he didn't look rosterable last year, that is still a pleasant surprise. He will still be making the minimum through 2022 and he still has options, so he provides some flexibility.
Hopefully Ryan McKenna will hit/bunt well enough to replace Mullins in that role by the end of 2021
Agreed. Good to see both Hays and Mullins putting together a solid season at this level. I think Mullins has value as a 4th outfielder who can play all 3 positions and provide speed of the bench. His arm is even worse than advertised though, and it was advertised as serviceable at best.
If he’s a 2.5 win player making 3.5M, he’s one of the better surplus values in the league, especially when you take away pre arb players.
I could see him providing some value to someone but I would think it would be a contender and one who has a big need at SS. How many of those exist?
That being said, why wouldn’t the Os keep him? Don’t get me wrong, I would trade him if we got value but the Os have nothing at SS anytime soon and I would guess his value to the Os is more than what they could get in trade.
It’s MASN that owes the money, not the Orioles. But I forget right now if MASN overdistributed to the Orioles based on the old formula and will have to claw it back, or whether MASN was sitting on the money, or a little of both.
Edit: went back to a MASN thread I started last December that reported that the O’s were over distributed about $69.6 mm that would have to be paid back to MASN if the award is not overturned on appeal. I’ve looked for information on the status of the appeal and found nothing helpful. It looks like the case is on some kind of calendar call for Oct. 1, but I can’t tell what it is.