I agree with RZ about sticking with Ruiz. We don't have anyone better internally unless someone switches positions.
If there is a clear upgrade available at 3B for the major league roster, I think we could pursue anyone that is cheap - cheap to acquire and cheap to pay. Ruiz was available as a cheap, failed prospect and if we could acquire another one and try it again, I would be fine with that.
I think I tend to be not as high on overslots as most people.
Let's take Hokum Sven Kim as a hypothetical. Hokum's number is $1.5 million. He's still there in the eleventh round and the O's pick him up and with the savings from going underslot in the first round given Hokum his 1.5M.
Now some folks will say the O's picked up a mid second round talent in the eleventh round, since 1.5M is slot for the 49.5 pick in the draft.
The way I look at it, if other teams though Hokum was a mid second round talent they would have just picked him and coughed up the 1.5M.
Either Hokum's number would have been even higher if he had gone earlier, which is possible, or teams didn't think his price matched his talent and he's probably closer to say a third round talent.
Maybe not even better than what we have now, but cheaper (i.e. not arbitration eligible).
When you are in such a cost cutting move that you are getting rid of coaches, I think they will look long and hard at going to arbitration with anyone who is unlikely to be a prime MLB performer for the next several years.
At least they won't get any flak for cancelling Fanfest to save a few pennies this offseason.
We don't have anyone better than Ruiz. His throwing wasn't as good this year but he's a decent 3B. He's shown flashes of offense both years. People talk about Yaz. Here's a guy who can play a little D with about a full season of ML AB's under his belt. I wouldn't give up on Ruiz unless I had a younger upgrade to replace him. We don't.