Wieters was fine. I was hard on him at times but from a defensive perspective he was great. It would seem like he'd have to have a hot September to reach the stats that he would each year, but whatever. His cold spells were abysmal but when he was hot he was a joy to watch.
Something in the analytics must show for Puig that Elias and company see. You can get him enough at bats as most players don’t play 162 games. The question is more how long will they keep Diaz down. If they want him playing full time half the season then Puig makes some sense. I think Mancini will be like a 5 day a week player if you give Stewart a day off a week and Santander a day off every two week and same with Mountcastle you can get Puig 4 days a week and still giving most the at bats to those 4.
At the end of the day, you guys are right. The market dictates the value and the market decided he was not worth what he was going to get in arbitration. Whether his previous production and age suggests he SHOULD be worth that, the market decided it was not.
I agree. If you let Nunez go, it shouldn’t be primarily because of cost. Now, if you think you can get equivalent or better production for your roster cheaper, that is okay. But you don’t make your team worse over $2 mm or less.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Nunez. There’s going to be a lot of players on the market after the non-tender deadline I suspect. I do think he’ll get a major league contract somewhere and will get above the minimum, but it might be less than he was projected to get in arbitration.
With the injury histories of Hays, Santander and relative inexperience with mixed results of Mullins and Stewart, I'm not sure we can say that.
No Nunez did clear waivers and no one traded for him so perhaps there is something else going on here with him, but the guy has been a pretty productive bat and is just going to be 27 years old next year.
Either way, I get what you are saying about Shaw and I agree, I think Elias will end up DFAing him and trying to keep him in the system.