Just two more cents from me. I'll assume him missing the camp is partly injury related. If not, although I understand the importance of a degree, he was paid over $5 million to start a job. That has to be his #1 priority above all else. If he missed instructs ONLY because of the college thing then I got a big problem with it.
I think what Roch was getting at is that while Kjerstad is home dealing with his medical situation (which is most likely Covid-related), he’s using that time to finish his college degree online. Not that he chose to skip instructs in order to finish his degree. It could have been explained better.
I just wonder how that effects his trade value? The O's would have to send money with him either way but a team only needing to pay him 5m in 2021 may be more attractive than 10.5M. The deferral make make the salary less painful in the near term.
You also need to consider that we are subtracting Chris Davis in place of Mancini. I think that could net us 4 wins. If we see improvements from younger players and we might just squeak into the playoffs.
I think some players have pretty much peaked, such as Sisco/Severino. But we also have younger players who could see improvement and breakout years.
We could also be like the 2012 Orioles who outperformed their Pythagorean record by 11 wins (won 93 when run differential predicted 82)