Santander is a valuable piece. Guys who are worth 1.5 WAR for all-round good play are not falling out of trees, yet you seem to think they are as common as bad rumors. I’m happy to trade him, if that’s what Elias wants, but no way will we easily replace his production with out in-house guys
Or two years with an option . I have to preface this with saying I don’t know a whole lot about Andrelton Simmons other than he plays gold glove hall of fame caliber defense and I know we have some middle infielders coming up but this is why I do it
- those that are playing SS right now in the system are at least a couple of years away.
- there is no guarantee that those prospects that could play shortstop in mlb will be able to in mlb - Henderson , west burg and Vavra are all bigger guys and could necessitate a move to another position
- we have a lot of pitchers coming up- young pitchers that will need a solid defense up the middle - what better way to shore that up with a gold glove winner at 2nd (Sanchez ) and short .
- as much as the shift in instituted now we need someone athletic enough to be able to adapt and cover ground there - not a Ruiz , not an Alberto, not a Villar .someone that’s sound . - for our pitchers and the defense
if it’s between us and another team I say we bite the bullet for the reasons above and spend on this one . There is another really good class of shortstop free agents next year and we won’t likely spend on those because those will likely be more expensive . I think you go in this year even though we are rebuilding - but I think this helps out the rebuild . Otherwise just sign Villar and be done with it . NO to GALVIS
If our GM decides to hamstring the team's competitiveness in 2022 the team will be less competitive in 2022.
I'll agree with you on that one.
I won't agree that trading one or both makes being less competitive inevitable.
No, lazy is thinking you can’t replace around 5ish WAR. That’s what you are saying and doing. What I’m saying is the exact opposite of lazy. It’s making several different moves to set yourself up now and for the long term. Standing pat is lazy.
Not only do I think they can do this, this is the scenario I expect to happen.
That's immaterial. What I'm saying is that if we trade Santander and Mancini, we're not replacing them for 2022, which means we're less likely to be competitive in 2022.
It's arguable whether we should do this, but the effect would be a less competitive team in 2022.
Nope, because Elias has shown a strong tendency toward slow rolling promotions and prioritizing gaming service time.
Would you agree that if a bat first college player is selected high in the first round he should not need much time in the minors?