I picked Torkelson mostly because I think that's the safe pick but I'm still undecided. I would not be upset with Martin, I think the risk there is maybe you end up with a Dansby Swanson type who can't play shortstop.
I thought the David Price contract was risky.
So far, 4 years and 10.5 WAR for the money is probably 50-50 on value. given his 2.6 and 4.2 WAR years and his off years, is still productive, just not 30 mill worth.
That free agency class if full of regrettable signings. Greinke is the best of the bunch and the Diamondbacks even wanted to move his contract. The others:
David Price (7/$217)
Jason Heyward (8/$184)
Yoenis Cespedes (3/$75) - Played well, just always hurt
Johnny Cueto (6/$130)
Justin Upton (6/$132)
Jordan Zimmerman (5/$110)
Chris Davis (7/$161)
Jeff Samardzija (5/$90)
Wei-Yin Chen (5/$80)
Ian Kennedy (5/$70)
And there is probably a 90% chance the Martin does not become a perennial All-Star.
Fact is that if Lacy or Hancock are a #3 pitcher and Martin is an average 2B the O's need the #3 pitcher more than an average second baseman.
Let cap the tickets at $5 each. With 4.50 going to the ushers and stadium workers, and ball players can split the .50 cents among themselves. Owners will get full cable TV rates, so they can play the bills.
Concession stand prices stay the same, but half of the profits go to the feed the homeless food bank in that town.
Parking lot fees, pay the parking lot workers, and the profits sent to the minor leagues, to help those players.