I see a few comments that refer to competitive windows while Elias has talked about building a perennial contender.
What’s the difference from a practical perspective? From a transactional/trade perspective? Org build perspective? Do FA signings look different? Does opportunity for prospects differ?
Can a small/mid-market team (i.e. long term budget constraints) like the O’s compete on a regular basis with how the CBA is designed?
You have no idea what’s better. You are guessing, as we all are.
There isn’t just one way to build a team, whether it’s the Os or anyone else.
The Astros “downgraded” at SS last year. They won 106 games and won the WS. To act as if losing Mullins is somehow going to be detrimental to the team is wrong, provided they improve other areas.
I have said it before…A Brett Philips and McKenna platoon is likely an upgrade defensively and gives you very good speed. There is also evidence that you can get a high 600s or maybe even low 700s OPS out of that. That’s not much of a drop off at all And if Mullins allows you to get pitching that you need And is better short And long term from what you can buy, that is a smarter way to do things.