There is plenty of benefit for AR. He learns, he is up here playing in the majors instead of the minors and gets to start to learn the pitchers up here. It’s always a benefit for the player to be in the majors vs the minors. He’s kind of the reason they are doing this.
And the team obviously benefits from having a far superior player to what they have now.
I see your point, and a Machado return as it existed in 2018 is probably the lowest I'd go. But we are talking about 2.5 months of success. If this is the 2021/22 offseason, and he has sustauined these numbers , I am demanding a lot more.
After busting out of the gate as some of the top teams in their respective leagues....our A to AA affiliates are starting to show some signs of regression. Nothing crazy yet, but:
Delmarva (A-): 25-15 overall, still good for first in their division, but we are now behind Tampa's team in our league and even with Milwaukee.
Aberdeen (A+): 23-18 overall, now at 2nd place in our division behind the Yankee affiliate. Tampa's team is also ahead of our pace.
Bowie (AA): 27-13 overall, best record in our league although the Yankee affiliate is right on our heels.
Norfolk (AAA): 15-24 overall, out of 20 teams in our AAA league, we have the 15th best record. That's....something.
So still good overall, but not as runaway good. Aberdeen has lost 8 of their last 11............hopefully that turns around real quickly.
The minor league season is only 7 weeks old and Munday has already been promoted once. I don't think anyone has been promoted twice yet this year. I think they'll probably let him hang around in Aberdeen for a while.
I actually agree that if it will benefit the team next year to bring him up now, we should bring him up now. However, it is unwise to bring up one single person, however great, and add him to a team of replacement level players.
Mullins is great and reasonably healthy, several guys are great or near-great and not reasonably healthy, and then we have a vast quantity of Warm bodies who cannot get out of each other’s way.
We added 19-year old Manny to a team that was already excellent and essentially complete, needing only an additional quality starter or two(which actually didn’t matter in 2012.) Can you imagine adding 19 year old Manny this team?
Unless we’re going to promote multiple people, I don’t see any benefit to promoting AR, either for the team or for him.
With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, I’d say no. He was a great player from day one, it only took the Padres two years to make the playoffs, and he signed a long term deal. I’d say it worked out well for the Padres.
I want to make a couple of points about the idea of bringing Rutschman up soon. I have very mixed feelings about it. I don’t have the sense that he’d be a top tier major league catcher right away. But, he probably could hold his own, and he’d almost certainly be an upgrade to what we have now. And, I think getting a decent amount of major league experience this year would set him up to be a better major league player next year. Enough to help drive the O’s to being competitive (.500+) next year? Probably not.