Well, I think it made sense enough to give Davis one season and see if the new regime could fix him. It probably also made sense to bring him back for the following spring training to see if anything had changed. I would have cut bait at the end of last spring, but the end of spring training never came and then the shortening of the season and possibility of further shortened seasons changed the calculus. We’ll never know if the O’s would have cut bait if last season had proceeded as normal.
Elias has the best job in baseball. He makes great money and has zero expectations to win.
Why would he leave? He is able to do a lot of what he likes with trades, scouting, international signings, etc....and he can do it while ownership is ok with a 60 win team.
I tend to agree with this. There are a few scenarios that could play out for Elias and Sig.
1. O's remain owned by Angelos, penny pinching is the way of the future - he builds a nice foundation here but leaves when free to and another owner essentially asks him to do the same but also gives him resources. Thinking Philly/San Fran make sense from a market/spending perspective.
2. O's remain owned by Angelos, short term penny pinching linked to Covid - this would allow Elias to stay and be somewhat more financially aggressive likely starting in 2021/2022. It still leaves him in a less than perfect (e.g., not Red Sox/Dodgers) scenario. I could see him deciding to go to a bigger market team when he has that option.
3. O's are sold - everything's on the table at that point. New owner might embrace him and ask him to spend. New owner might want his own guy. Who knows?
I really think Elias will be in demand when he's available. I hope whoever owns the O's don't let it get there, but I'd wager they do.
Well, that can be said today but it doesn't explain from his hiring up until the start of last season. I don't blame him...I think it comes from above him. I think he's done well working within whatever parameters he has.
I don't know enough to know if this situation is on Elias. If he's doing what ownership directs him to do I guess the blank check can last indefinitely. Not being able to release Davis indicated that he's just here to build his resume.