I'm hopeful for the Gregg Olson, Chris Ray line - in a game where age matters for almost everything, profiles like these having their few hot years are perhaps as age-agnostic as the game can be. Honestly if he can string a few good months together, I have a vague feeling his biggest contribution to the Rutschman run could be as a 2021 trade chip. Whatever year his summertime health lets him be in a pennant race is a year he should be in a pennant race, and I think both Elias and other clubs could see it that way next year.
We all wish the best for HH, and maybe luck will run his way on being a MLB pitcher in some format, starter, reliever, closure. I am not drawing any conclusions from his very limited activity the last couple of seasons. Hopefully the docs can guide him to get the most out of, what has been up until now, a very iffy arm. Would be a real loss of talent to see him not become a productive MLB pitcher in one of the above roles.
To date, Harvey has been injured far more often than Hays. And arms are very finicky things.
I hope that Harvey will at some point get through a season without being shut down at any point. But it has never happened once in his seven full seasons in our organization, so I will go into next year assuming that we won’t get a full year out of him.
This is an extremely fair thing to say.
That being said, I wanted Mancini dealt last year. I like Trey. He’s a good player who has become the face of the team.
What I don’t like is his redundancy and the idea that while I think he’s good, he’s not as good as 2019. I don’t want to sign him long term and now we have players ready to contribute that I think can step in and be close to or as good right now.
Put it another way..whether he came off another very good season or dealing with what he is dealing with, I would be looking for a different arrangement in 2021.
Like I said, I’m ultimately fine with him coming back assuming everyone feels good about his health and you make other moves to make sure no one is blocked.
I just don’t feel it’s a slam dunk decision.