Santander has started about 60% of the O's games over the last three years. That is about 97 games in a 162 game season. However he has played hurt in many games which affected his production.
I would be happy if he could play half they games next season healthy and put up an 850 OPS. With Stowers likely in the majors for the last two thirds of the season that may be possibly depending on when Santander is hurt.
One of the biggest problems for the team is that Santander and Hays are both injury prone so they could both be hurt at the same time. I think in addition to Stowers we have to hope the Neustrom makes it through the Rule 5 draft unclaimed and improve enough to be helpful during the season.
Stewart probably in Santanders back up for the first third of the season. So far McKenna is only a defensive backup and does not hit enough to be an offensive back up for Santander.
I think it's reasonable to HOPE for an .850 OPS. He's a talented guy who is never healthy, so I don't expect anything close to that.
This guy is the typical guy that traps a team into keeping him, only to trade him right before he blows up. If you told me in 5 years that he started hitting 30 hrs annually while maintaining a .260-.270 BA, I wouldn't be shocked. But how long do you wait?
My hope is he can stay healthy, hit north of an .800 OPS and play good defense in right field. My expectation is that he will be injured for a good portion of the season, hardly get on base, hit a few homers, and play good defense when he’s out there.
Lol, have you been here long?
.750 OPS is my hope for him.
Honestly, just hit well enough and stay healthy enough to be traded. Mullins is holding it down in CF, but as far as I'm concerned the other two spots are up for grabs (sorry about Hays, @Frobby, I don't buy it until he's healthy for a full season) and we've got guys in the minors who are on the horizon. If that means Hays and Santander have to hold it down for this year, so be it. I don't imagine that Santander has much value but if we can get a couple mid range prospects back, that's fine.
I'm hoping he can get healthy and move better in the outfield. I feel he should be able to get that OPS in the .775 to .800 range over a full season, assuming health. He has a similar offensive game to Hays, but I think Santander's plate discipline is a tad better.
Honestly, it is a bit annoying when people don’t bother to read the OP and just respond to the thread title. I almost put “and I don’t mean a trade” in the title just to head that off, but the title was pretty long already, so I put it in the first sentence of the OP instead, figuring people would get at least that far.
And by “hope,” I meant realistically. I think the Trout-clone ship has sailed for Santander (or, more accurately, was never in a position to leave port).
But whatever. I’m not offended. I knew someone would make the trade comment no matter what I did.