I was going to ask what makes him toolsy besides the power but Hoosiers post suggests he has speed and can go get the ball. Sounds like the arm is average at best. Is there any chance he's a potential CF?
I went for more accomplised over shiny new thing, so Bannon/Zimmerman. However, something about Stauffer intrigues me, age, size, K's, under the radar. His is the only name I was surprised to see in the poll so I kinda hope it's him.
What TV revenue?
The TV networks pay what they pay for postseason games. National coverage of regular season games does nothing but fill air time and gets very low ratings. In a typical season a nationally televised NFL preseason game will get higher ratings than nearly any regular season MLB game. Fox & TBS pays MLB for the All Star Game and the postseason, they would probably not care if they didn't broadcast any regular season games because no one watches them. Most baseball fans watch their local team every day. ESPN is the same except that they do need something to fill programming hours on their networks so they have a little more motivation to broadcast regular season games. But for the most part, the national TV contracts exist for the postseason. And MLB knows it so they will try to have as short a season possible because they know Fox & company will still ante up almost as much. Cut the season in half and Fox will still pay 90% of what they pay now because all they really want is to broadcast the big games in October.
Yes, the local TV revenue exists. Except in a lot of cases (Balt/Wash, NYY, Bos, many others) it's a team owned network paying the team for the games, so it's just a paper transaction.
A higher chunk of MLB revenue comes from actual attendance than any other major sport. So it's the one sport where the owners have a strong motivation for a shorter season.
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.