If Stroman gets a qualifying offer he would cost the O's their third pick (either the comp pick after round 2 or, if that pick is traded, their third round pick). Jake Odorizzi got a QO this off-season at the same age as Stroman with a less successful career to date. I think it is quite likely that Stroman gets one too.
I appreciate Wildcards's enthusiasm and optimism.
This season is such a wildcard because of all the variables that really anything could happen and I wouldn't be overly surprised.
Saying that, there is no reality where this is the beginning of a sustainable winning core.
There is just as much of a chance of this team losing ten straight games as they do of keep playing .500 ball the rest of this season.
As Drungo has point out, there are some guys who have started out this season way above their carer norms. Even if you believe Severino, Ruiz, Alberto and Nunez are breaking out as they enter their primes, does anyone think Cobb, Milone and Wojo are going to keep pitching to their current ERAs? Cobb maybe since it seems his splitter has come back, but I'm not buying long term sustainability on Milone and Hyde has used Wojo right but not letting him go more than twice through an order.
What does that mean?
What's the cost of Wildcard's optimism?
Also, I don't think what I said constituted being negative. That's an honest appraisal of the team. Not much of what we are seeing looks sustainable.