He hasn't taken a minor league at bat yet and you have him replacing one of our best hitters for next season?
Do you want to make a friendly wager on some counting statistic that Kjerstad will exceed those guys in the major leagues next year? Games? Total bases? Home runs? Hits? Walks? Anything at all?
[Edit: I'd love to lose this bet, which is basically that Kjerstad has a Torkelson-like hitting profile AND he checks every box along the way, which basically entails blowing our staff away from the minute he shows up in whatever camp he's invited to.]
Why probably not?
The only reason I can come up with for why he wouldn't be ready is that Elias is still playing service time games.
You pick a bat first college player high in the first round he should be ready quickly. If he isn't you don' messed up A-Aron.
Personally, I enjoy what I have seen from Santander (both on and off the field). Having said that, if Santander can be traded for talent greater than the value the Orioles place on Santander, you make the trade. This team is still a little bit a way from contending; they are getting closer, but not quite there yet. Again, IMO, this team in this rebuild mode are doing the correct steps now so that these steps wont be needed to be done again down the road.
And that would make some sense if that's the case (I haven't looked at the schedule but I'll take your word). I can see the Orioles doing that because if they can gain an extra year for one potential missed start, that certainly would be prudent..
I just think this is lazy thinking.
If we don't have either Mancini or Santander in 2022, we'll be without 2 of our top 3-4 bats (currently). We can replace 1 with Rutschman, but he's already going to be there, so that doesn't count.
Is Diaz, who hasn't hit as well in AA as either of the two we'd be losing, going to replace one of them? Is Kjerstad going to that fast? Probably not, so now you're replacing them with free agents that will cost more for similar production on a team that isn't signing free agents.
They wouldn't be replaced.