Yes, there are three interesting starters. Not 5 or 6 or 7. Cobb is oft injured. The #5 is probably a veteran brought in. We have to see if Baumann is injured and how he does at AAA. Lowther and Wells right now seem like back end guys that are half a season away.
I agree someone has to step up as a closer or the O's will need to acquire one.
I think its probably a year early for that. I fully expect Elias to follow the Tampa model. They traded Archer for a couple of really good prospects because Archer was getting expensive. Now they are floating Snell to see if they can do the same thing.
I don't think Elias offers Santander of long term deal. I think when Kjerstad is ready in a year or two Elias trades Santander for good prospects.
The answer to the infield is in the minors most likely. Henderson and Westburg will probably be promoted aggressively. Not stay at levels very long if they are doing well.
We saw Elias slow round Mountcastle's promotion. That was mainly not use his service time until the O's had more of their core in or close to the majors. When Rutschman, Rodriguez and Hall are ready for the majors, I don't see other prospects getting slow rounded. They will be promoted more aggressively to get as many talented players in the majors while those three's window is open. Hopefully for 5 or 6 years.