Which comes back to
1) How good will Santander be in a couple of years?
2) Will the Orioles be ready to contend?
I get the logic in listening. I just think the motivation should be the return not the concern of how much he may make down the road.
As you said you don’t draft Kjerstad 1-2, not to play. Question then revolves around how they feel about Mountcastle’s glove and Diaz.
I fear the O's are in that situation right now. Actually, it's not really a fear as much as it's my belief that they're being prepared for sale when PA passes away.
In that case, I think the considerations for ownership/Elias are a little different than my own. To that, I just shrug. I'd rather they continue pushing out the future (which is one essential aspect of this Santander argument) and sell than not sell. If the plan is to be cheap, build the farm and sell the team, I'm 100% on board because of the sell the team part. Let the new owner come in and have a 90% chance of being better than the Angelos family. Hopefully that new owner sees the value in Elias' approach though.
Another good point. Two responses. #1. They're the best. We're better than we've been in years at this acquire/develop talent thing, but not close to the Rays yet. #2. We shouldn't be forced to do this as often as the Rays. We should have more financial resources than them, and be able to support a larger payroll.