I don’t think anyone really knows what we would do if we were in that situation, because we’ve never been in a situation remotely like that. The numbers involved are inconceivable to us mere mortals.
I don’t know if Davis deep down knows that he’s no longer capable of playing at a major league level, or whether the money has warped his objectivity and he believes he can still do it if he just figures out the right training regimen and approach. Players are pretty capable of self-delusion even without 23 mm reasons to delude themselves each year.
I do think 3B is one of the harder positions to find a good player unless you develop or trade for one because they rarely are found on the DFA or Rule 5 markets. Thankfully, with Gunnar Henderson, Jordan Westburg and Coby Mayo to a lesser extent in the Organization, there are two-three potential impact players who could end up there.
In the meantime, I think they will probably end up giving a guy like Bannon an opportunity at some time next year if they don't find a better alternative to Ruiz this offseason or at the end of next spring through DFAs.
Ruiz is a guy that Elias had ties to from his Houston scouting days, and if Ruiz was more athletic and could play other infield positions and outfield he could have value as a utility guy, but he doesn't hit consistently enough to be a good everyday guy at the major league level.
No, it was Peter Angelos' fault that he listened to Buck Showalter who wanted Davis back. Angelos then got played badly by Scott Boros, who should have been cited for elder abuse after getting Angelos to agree to this ridiculous contract, when there was no team even close to the inflated number of years that Davis got.
Davis' contract was the final awful act of Peter Angelos' ownership and showed the dysfunction of how this organization was run.
This organization can never fully turn that page until Davis is out of the organization.
Yup. I’ve still got PWSD (post-Wieters stress disorder). Hoping for great things but no amount of hype will convince me that (1) he’s a sure-fire above average major leaguer, or (2) that he’s already ready for the majors. He will have to prove it.
That said, I do dream about it....