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.
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.