I doubt Elias trades away minor league prospects at this point. My guess is that Elias' preferred trading method would be to trade players approaching free agency for younger players. That will take a while to develop. JMO.
As a group the O's relievers that are returning look like they could be better in 2021. Harvey, Scott, Tate, Fry, Lakins, Valdez, Eshelman, Armstrong seem set to have good years. The addition of Mattson could help. Sulser will have to do better to stay in the majors. They may get some help later in the season from Wells and Lowther if those two are not in the rotation. I feel better about the relievers than the rotation at this point.
Here’s a comparison of the 2019 and 2020 bullpens. Due to the shortened 2020 season, I’m focusing on rate stats:
2019: 5.79 ERA, 1.514 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, 2.12 K/BB, 4.04 IP/game, 50% save rate, 38% inherited runners scored,
2020: 3.90 ERA, 1.272 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 2.27 K/BB, 4.19 IP/game, 61% save rate, 32% inherited runners scored
Overall, a very solid improvement in every area. We had a solidly average bullpen in 2020.
As an aside, in the course of looking at these stats I noticed that the Kansas City Royals had a 95% save rate last year (19/20) despite the fact that their bullpen ERA was a decent but not great 3.84. That’s rather astounding, and unlikely to be repeated.
I agree that most of these guys are completely replaceable...but it would likely be trading better players than these to get players that can probably be picked up for nothing. Not sure what or who you think the Os should trade.
I cannot imagine how Cot’s projects Sanchez at $4 mm. We’re talking about a guy who was non-tendered in 2019, was signed to a minor league deal by the Giants and later released, then was signed to a minor league contract by the White Sox and released again. If the O’s offer him any kind of major league deal he should jump at it.