Is the NL keeping the DH long term? Will there be expanded rosters next year and beyond? Nunez offers no versatility.
The NL DH would help Nunez, but expanded rosters hurt him. Teams can piece together his offensive production with platoons.
Here the guys that will play DH for the O's this year: (6) Mancini, Mountcastle, Hays, Santander, Diaz and maybe Iglesias. All need at bats. All are more valuable than Nunez. Plus the O's have Stewart who is cheaper and if the other 6 are healthy may be in AAA.
There is no place for Nunez to get enough at bats to be productive with those players on the roster.
I don’t see Shaw staying on the 40 man all offseason. Once FA really kicks in, teams will face roster crunches and he will be more likely to clear waivers. Heck, he just cleared the whole NL.
He is AAA depth. A dart throw. I don’t think this relates to Nunez at all.
Of course no one is going to pay him 2+ million. I would argue the Os didn’t need to either.
I would also argue that Nunez was worth more to the Os than other teams.
The flaw in the arguments being made here are that you are looking at his worth around the league. That’s completely irrelevant. I’m not arguing that he’s a real valuable player. I’m not arguing that teams are clamoring for him. I never once said teams wanted him or he will be an easy trade candidate or anything remotely like that. Everyone is completely misrepresenting that.
All I said was that his offensive production is worth that money for this team. We have a boatload of question marks and very few answers to those questions and for that tiny amount of money, it was worth keeping him around.
The Os are, unquestionably, being cheap. This is definitely a money thing and it shouldn’t be. This is a team that less than 5 years ago spent 160M on payroll and now they may not spend 60M.