You can use OPS+ and my answer doesn't change much. Of course, its probably a little early to get good OPS+ numbers, and we don't know how people are going to finish, etc.. But I think people are overrating how good the 2014 O's were offensively. Our R/G was only slightly above AL average. Our pitching however, was 3rd best in the AL, particularly our bullpen which was scary good with Britton, Brach and O'Day. Our starting rotation all had ERAs around 3.5 saving Jimenez, and if could replace him with Gausman who only had 2 less starts and ERA of 3.5.
As crazy as it is to think about, its entirely possible that Rio Ruiz in 2020 will have a better year offensively than Machado in 2014. Assuming the season even finishes, which at this poitnt is maybe 50/50
I'm sure he doesn't want to waste payroll on a bad season, but trading Bleier's pro-rated $915k to bring up a guy making pro-rated $563k doesn't really move the needle. If this was that important then surely someone would take Givens for nothing and Iglesias would be somewhere else.
Personally, I didnt think too much of the 10 pitch rule. As a hitter, you are taught to keep working the pitcher and count, it tires out the pitcher and sometimes after 8-10 pitches, they make a mistake and leave one over the plate.
Not every batter is able to work the count and do this, but why limited the good ones, because the bad ones, can't?
Im sorry, if my smart arse response offended you.