Yea, teams that are you know, actively trying to win, can't churn the roster like the O's could.
I don't expect the Yankees to score a bunch of these guys.
And even the Yankees got Nestor (3.9 rWAR this season, which would be second on the O's)
What I want for Judge is for him to sign with a non AL East team. I believe he has at least 5 more good/great years left. I would rather he has those years with say the Mets. I can't imagine the angst that Yankee fans would have if Judge is across town hitting 50+ HR. The Yankees are not near as good w/o Judge and there's no clear replacement in free agency.
That's the worst to me too. The O's had a big lead in the season series, and I thought, well at least the O's are better than the Sox (record wise if not talent wise). This collapse against the Sox has been frustrating and humbling.
I think Elias made the right choice. He had to know the O's had a 10% or less chance of making the playoffs. Do you mortgage the future for that small chance? Maybe in 2023, when the O's are real contenders, you do send away major talent in a trade. Even if the O's kept Lopez and Mancini and made a minor addition, I still think they are coming up short. The O's just have too big a talent gap between them and teams like Toronto, Tampa Bay and even Seattle. Think about how much talent Dan traded away in 2012-2016. The O's don't need to repeat the mistakes of the past. I think Elias is going to concentrate on collecting talent more than trading it away. I'm sure there will be trades in the future, but it will be for difference making talent at the right time.