I think it's a little rich to blame Severino's defense last year on the pitching. He really was lazy at times.
I also think that maybe he just had a down year. Sometimes you get into bad habits. My recollection was that he had a positive defensive reputation when we brought him in originally. Hopefully he can re-focus on pitch blocking so he can prevent wild pitches and not allow passed balls. I assume the O's are hoping as much too.
With that said, I think the problem with criticism of this move is the assumption that we could get as good, or nearly as good, on the cheap (which this deal is). I'm not convinced that the total value of an available minimum salary catcher would be comparable. I don't love Severino, but I suspect he'd be orders of magnitude better than a guy like Wynns or Sisco over a large sample size.
In 58 games as DH, he has his highest average (.290) and 15 home runs. While in the field, he had many more games (87, 149, 182) with lower average and only slight more home runs (20, 26, and 24).
Even with players you prefer to use ay DH it doesn't always work. Mark Trumbo in his career put up a .862 OPS playing RF, .764 at 1B and only .695 at DH and Trumbo was a player suited ideally to be a DH.
And this is the other thing no one wants to talk about. Maybe DHing these young kids is a bad way to develop them. People are like, just DH Hays and Mountcastle, etc...well maybe that doesn’t work well for you them.
Frobby pointed this out before but DHing isn’t for everyone and when you have a guy who does well at it, there’s nothing wrong with keeping that guy around, especially if they are really cheap.
I, for one, don’t have much interest in seeing most of those guys getting any kind of regular at bats at DH. Stewart is the exception to that.
Ehh, I could see them easing Mancini in some, again just to start. They may not but wouldn’t surprise me.
I would also be fine with DJ being in the minors to start the year but I disagree that the at bats wouldn’t be there for him. It’s pretty simple to figure that out. And yes, injuries are all but guaranteed to occur with the players we are talking about.