Oooooh. Didn't expect that recall. I'm excited to see it! Bruce has been grinding it out a long time in Norfolk. He started the season looking good, and he started 2022 looking good against Major League talent. Can he peform in June 2023 the way that he performed in April 2022? I hope so. I'm here to see it! I like the idea of left handed starters. Because we have none in the rotation and I want to see 2 good ones sprinkled in.
I've got my popcorn, and I'm looking forward to seeing what Bruce Zimmerman can do!
Let's start with Ramirez...
1) He'll be 31 in September
2) He's signed thru 2028
3) There is $105M remaining on his contract for 2024-28, for baseball ages 31-35 (he'll be 36 when the contract ends
4) His power production has dropped dramatically in 2023 despite the fact his FB rate has increased
5) His overall offensive production is the lowest it has been since 2015 (age 22)
I think the Indians might be happy to offload this contract if they could find a taker to give them some minimal value for it and they are not in contention.
My conclusion: If the Orioles like him for the money over the next 5 years, he might be worth a 3-for-1 exchange of truly unknow prospect potential, but not Westburg, Cowser, or GrayRod. Think 1 of Prieto OR Willems plus 2 more hard throwers from Delmarva. I would be seriously concerned about how a contract like Ramirez' would constrain the Orioles from signing Rutschman or Henderson to the sort of extension that will make them career Orioles. Just like in football, where fans are tossing out 2nd round draft picks like they were party favors, I really dislike trading any top 100 prospect and certainly not one that comes with a strong possibility for an over-market priced contract.
1) He's 28 as of 5/31
2) This is his worst season since his rookie year with a depressed K rate, increased BB and over 1 hit/IP, but he's still hanging in with an ERA that is somewhat better than the league average.
3) He's making $10M this season and will have his final year of arbitration prior to 2024, which makes the cost of him with a 1.5 year horizon bearable if you can assume he'll maintain his current 110 ERA+. In addition, given the short horizon and age, that's a much smaller risk than for Ramirez.
4) This is where ME and his team come in to see if they can identify WHY he's not pitching nearly as well this season in addition to the obvious "Will he put the Orioles over the top?"
My conclusion: Bieber may well be sought after, but I wouldn't trade any of Westburg, Cowser, or GrayRod for him. I'd probably be willing to trade either Rom OR Ortiz plus another couple of live arms from the lower minors. Westburg plus 2 Delmarva arms for both Ramirez and Bieber would be an enormous risk (see Ramirez), but I could get behind it if ME and team have decided he won't be nearly the offensive threat he is now in Camden Yards.
I have no idea how the management works here. I think the Chris Davis fiasco is still a constant shadow.
However, we're tied for the second most wins in all of baseball. Which is astounding given our stat line. The Giants stats are almost identical to ours and they're a game under 500. That's where our stats say we should be.
So something else is going on. I don't think management is going to mess with the chemistry,
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