Not a close call for me. Keep Cruz, let Davis walk.
Per Fangraphs, Cruz was worth $125.7 mm in his four years with the Mariners, at a cost of $57 mm. Surplus = $68.7 mm
Davis has been worth -$19.1 mm at a cost of $90.5 mm. Deficit = $109.6 mm so far. Two more years to add to that deficit.
And, we wouldn’t need to hear about it every damned day.
Lots of complications in these cases, per the article:
At least one of those minor league cases, filed in Arizona and led by the Chattanooga Lookouts, has already been dismissed due to a virus exclusion in the policy.
Insurers in many cases have insisted that financial losses caused by the coronavirus do not constitute physical loss or property damage. MLB is claiming the virus has led to both.
“The presence of the coronavirus and COVID-19, including but not limited to coronavirus droplets or nuclei on solid surfaces and in the air at insured property, has caused and will continue to cause direct physical damage to physical property and ambient air at the premises,” the suit says. “Coronavirus, a physical substance, has attached and adhered to Plaintiffs’ property and by doing so, altered that property. Such presence has also directly resulted in loss of use of those facilities.”
Honestly, if that’s the best argument MLB has got, as a lawyer I’d rather have the defense side of this case. But, it will probably take a year to shake out.