I disagree that he's so important that a team would have to overpay for him to be dealt. He's still pretty much the same guy the O's got on the cheap last year.
Anyway, bad defense encourages the pitchers to strike batters out!
Because I the idea of a good, veteran defensive SS anchoring the infield while we--hopefully--feature a very young pitching staff next year getting their feet wet at the Major League level. I am not a fan of Velazquez and am skeptical about Martin. I guess you could sign someone like Hechavarria, but it's going to be hard to find a good defensive shortstop that is not completely useless at the plate for the cost of Iglesias (and we certainly aren't going to pay any more than that for someone for next year, nor should we).
With the young pitching, I want to give them as much as possible to succeed. To me, that means good defense up the middle and at least some offense. I don't want them always expecting to have to be nearly perfect to have a chance of getting their team a win. Having some wiggle room from time-to-time, in my estimation, is helpful. Of course, I don't have data to back that up, but that's my thought.
2021 midseason moves will probably be crazy. The whiffing in the NYP suggests a conservative initial assignment, but also one where hopefully he's Barry Bonds grown man to the children he'll be playing with. A good Stowers '21 I think pushes through three levels; two is making par, maybe.
I saw Stowers multiple games with Aberdeen in Brooklyn in 2019. He just glides across the OF in large strides (which makes it all the more impressive that Janvrin pushed Stowers to RF - which gave the Aberdeen pitchers two OFers who could track down everything that possibly could be tracked down). As I posted at the time, we sat with Mark Dashbach's father and had to cheer for our three Stanford guys with him.
I hope what the Os saw with Stower's swing is fixable because there's a big hit risk here for a second rounder IMO. This pick has the downside of the OF equivalent of a Cadyn Grenier. It would be an enormous boost to our OFers at the bottom of the system if Stowers turns into the player the Os envisioned when drafted.