Stewart makes A LOT less money? It will be like 1-1.5M. That’s nothing in baseball money.
And again, your argument is making assumptions of health and production. The health argument is an awful assumption to make and the production assumption is borderline as well.
Iglesias provides you good defense and a decent bat at a position where that’s not easy to find. 3.5M, again, is no money. No even worth mentioning that in the context you are.
The “another team would jump on him” argument is a bad one because he is basically limited to the DH and right now, we don’t know if the DH will be allowed in the NL. So, the options are very limited. The Orioles, however, do have space for him and their payroll is 100ishM less than it could be. Other teams don’t have as much payroll flexibility.
Again, my hope would be that Nunez is struggling to see at bats by June. There are other options I prefer. But none of them are guarantees for several different reasons and having Nunez around, for no money, at his production was worthwhile. The team is just being cheap. To me, it’s that simple.
I agree with Mountcastle in Left, they should trade Santander if they believe Diaz and Stewart can replace his production. And if they're willing to call up Rutschman in 2021 they could look to trade Severino as well.
They definitely have options to flip some guys for positions of need.
It's not 100% money driven and how can we be arguing bout Stewart's lack of defensive value when we are comparing him to Nunez? If Nunez was a better player they would keep him and pay the 2M. How else do you explain them resigning Iglesias for 3.5M? They see value there. They have simply determined they can get similar value to Nunez for 1M or more less. Yes, it is very much money related but certainly not 100%. Overall Stewart and Nunez, based on Stewart's limited career, look to provide similar offensive value. Stewart has the added bonus of being left handed and making a lot less money. Nunez's platoon splits against LHP are ordinary for a RH hitter so a 2M platoon player doesn't make a whole lot of sense for the Orioles. If Stewart is indeed platooned (his career OPS of .683 in 60 AB's and minor league splits (which another poster alluded to) don't make this a sure thing either.
Point #2. Is there a team in baseball who will give us a warm body for Nunez got his production and relatively inexpensive salary? What, if anything, we can get for Nunez will somewhat prove that this is not 100% money related. If it was, another team would jump to get him, wouldn't they?
Don’t necessarily disagree with this but the depth could become a problem. The adage that you can’t have too much depth is factually wrong.
At some point, you do reach that point and you risk losing players for nothing.
So, Elias better start thinking about trading some of the depth and if he can do it for cost controlled talent, it makes sense to do so.
I also think they should offer Santander in a deal as well..there are enough teams looking for OF help where something likely could be worked out there as well.
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.