At the end of the day, you guys are right. The market dictates the value and the market decided he was not worth what he was going to get in arbitration. Whether his previous production and age suggests he SHOULD be worth that, the market decided it was not.
I agree. If you let Nunez go, it shouldn’t be primarily because of cost. Now, if you think you can get equivalent or better production for your roster cheaper, that is okay. But you don’t make your team worse over $2 mm or less.
It’s going to be interesting to see what happens with Nunez. There’s going to be a lot of players on the market after the non-tender deadline I suspect. I do think he’ll get a major league contract somewhere and will get above the minimum, but it might be less than he was projected to get in arbitration.
With the injury histories of Hays, Santander and relative inexperience with mixed results of Mullins and Stewart, I'm not sure we can say that.
No Nunez did clear waivers and no one traded for him so perhaps there is something else going on here with him, but the guy has been a pretty productive bat and is just going to be 27 years old next year.
Either way, I get what you are saying about Shaw and I agree, I think Elias will end up DFAing him and trying to keep him in the system.
I'm not excited that the team is making moves because guys are cheap, especially when the other option is around $2 million, which should be chump change for major league organizations.
I'm just not sure I get this particular set of skills. Now perhaps Elias is going to DFA him and try to sneak him into the minor league system as depth. I guess there are worse guys to do this with, but I really would like to think this is a transition year where the Orioles are starting to bring up guys that will be contributors to a winning future and not place holders.
This is actually incorrect.
As of now, there is no DH in the NL in 2021, so he wouldn’t have a ton of value to teams over there. If NL teams knew the DH was happening for them in 2021, maybe they would have found a suitor.
And we don’t know that someone won’t pay him 1-2M in 2021. We just know that no one was willing to trade for him and pay him that money. Big difference.
In any case, he’s not expensive. The average MLB salary in 2020 was almost 4.5M. He would have been paid well under that number. In fact, with MLB minimum salary close to 600k, he will get paid much closer to the minimum salary than the average salary. So no, he’s not expensive at all.