Roch said he anticipates them bringing new another SS.
Im hoping for Ha Seong Kim ....but I’m dreaming.
Id like to see Robertson signed for 3B and Ruiz released. Then Erick Mejia for SS....I think they both could be long term options or Elias sign to trade later guys.
Well I think he definitely would want to. That doesn’t mean he would want to in the sense that he has 1 or 2 free agents he would like to give a larger contract to but he may want to trade for a contract to get a prospect or 2.
A lot of talk on here about how the Os are justified in being cheap coming off of 2020. I personally think that talk is bs BUT I also agree that whatever it is that they can spend, would be less coming off of 2020. It’s not like I’m clamoring for the days of a 130+M payroll.
However, every other team has the same issues and there are other teams in that small to mid market area that would probably love to get rid of some contracts even if it meant giving up prospects. This is going back to the Cozart deal last year and Elias saying he would do those types of deals. I have zero doubt if he was allowed to spend that he would spend. It doesn’t mean he’s signing a guy to a 3 year deal for 15-18M a year but it means that he would spend to get something he wants.
He is too smart, too knowledgeable and too hungry to increase his inventory to allow opportunities to go by him if he had the freedom to do whatever he wanted.
In his morning article Roch is speculating 5/40 with 7 million to his KBO team.
Zero chance this O’s participate. But, I think it would be a bold move for the Orioles. If you subtract the 3.5 that they would’ve paid Iglesias if they kept him the net is really only 4 million per season including the posting. They are likely gonna bring in another experienced short stop and likely pay him 2-3 million.
Spend the saved 3.5 million and divert the 2-3 from the scrap heap guy that they are going to sign. If he hits you can deal him later for a pile and if not he’s a marginal risk at best coming out of your tv money. They have saved the amount to cover his contract over the last few seasons to cover its entirety
MLB Pipeline did a Top 10 on their podcast this week, including shreds on I guess NCAA sophomores who like Kjerstad in February/March may have done stuff for a few weeks. It also acquainted me with the demographics of the basket where 1-5 will be one of them.
Pirates 1 - Lawlar the HS shortstop
Rangers 2 - Kumar
Tigers 3 - McClain, some Madrigal-sized middle infielder from UCLA, maybe/maybe not SS
Red Sox 4 - del Castillo, some slugging catcher from "The U" deemed best hitter in draft
Orioles 5 - Leiter (I'd be glad with this outcome for polish going towards 2022 usefulness)
D'Backs 6 - Jake Hill, the LSU right-hander, non-Vanderbilt best of SEC rest. Guessing Ben may know him some.
Royals 7 - Jud Zabian, Florida OF
<mock now at 6 straight NCAA after the high school SS character who seems impossible to get to 1-5>
<hosts say these Top 7 are a clear tier in whatever order they fall>
Rockies 8 - Alex Vanellas, Louisville 3B
Angels 9 - Marcelo Mayer, high school SS #2
Mets 10 - James Wood, IMG Academy high school OF
<nary a high school pitcher in these 10, though with draft pushed back to July, the Nick Bitsko analogs born in 2003 will have some extra time to strut their stuff, in case the next Kerry Wood, Josh Beckett or Dylan Bundy can only Netflix and chill right now>