We should have by 2023 if things go well some combination of
Hopefully one or 2 infielders will be ready by then. That may be a spot where they need to spend.
Means would be an Arb-2 player and Hays Arb-1. All I am saying is we should be in a position to afford to pay Santander arb money in 2023. Whether he will be worth it or the team is ready to contend are the key.
Because I won't want to pay him arbitration prices.
I'd rather pay the kid they took second overall league minimum.
I'm in favor of identifying and locking up key pieces longterm early.
I think we are already past that point with Santander.
If the Orioles are a contender and Santander is playing well why would you not want to keep him? I know the economics of the sport are a mess right now. That said if by 2023 you can contend and have to fill a hole that was vacated by Santander being gone then you need to fill that void somehow. If we are in a world where contending teams don’t want to pay productive players arb money then the sport is in a really bad place. The position players on this roster will be one of the cheapest in the sport the next 3-5 years. I hope they spend on at least one legit SP but who knows about that.
The Brewers dealt for Schoop for a reason. He played terrible for them. They moved on. All I am saying is I am dealing from a position where unless I get what I what I don’t have to deal him.
At the end of the day the argument you made makes a ton of sense. I am just saying if I’m dealing him it’s not for lottery picks. I’m not looking for a Schoop type return here.
That might be true at the time, but we don't know the roster composition and whether that's true. Again, if behind Santander you have a black hole in RF, lack of team power, lack of LH hitter, etc., you'd have given away the team's biggest need.