- Mar 28, 2020
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Corner OF with a track record is more plentiful than you'd think.. especially if the return is a ML Ready or MLB SP with some ML experience.. These pitchers are theee most desired commodity going.. The 2021 season saw a BUNCH of guys touch on being major league starters for the tribe.. The guys being considered:I have my priority list as Corner OF (with proven MLB track record) then veteran LHRP, Catcher (if Perez isn't retained) then 1B...
Laureano fits the first need since on paper he should be a very good RF, but his value took a nosedive cause of the suspension and I feel like for the A's he will have more value there than he would get a in trade in 22 since his value is so low right now. Oakland also may need to trade Olson, Chapman, Bassitt and Manaea to restock the overall roster and leaving Laureano as one of the few veteran hitters for the middle of the lineup. If I was the A's I dont think i would trade Laureano unless I got full value (aka pre-suspension value)...
And when it comes to Bassitt, his age isn't as friendly, but his numbers don't show a decrease at all and if we could sign him for an additional two years or so, we would have Bieber, Bassitt and Civale as our 1-2-3 with Quantrill and TMac/Morris/Morgan winner in 22... Tell me who would have a better rotation in baseball on paper?
Ramon Laureano..$ 10 MM + AAV for 3 years.. An excellent pick up.. Conflicts with him and Straw in CF & a PED suspension..
Lourdes Gurriel Jr.. is cost secure @ $ 4.5 MM and $ 5.4 MM for the next two years.. limited to LF..
Ketel Marte.. $ 10 MM + AAV for 3 years.. with the last two as option years.. No conflicts and can even play 2B/3B in a pinch
Bryan Reynolds.. 4 Years @ ~ $ 32 MM or $ 8 MM AAV makes him a bargain... but the prospect cost is going to be enormous
Kyle Schwarber.. 1 year rental@ $ 11.5 MM.. Had an amazing year.. stayed on the field. RENTAL
Kyle Tucker.. 4 years and pre-Arb.. would be the kind of star you build a team around
Mitch Haniger.. 1 year rental @ ~ $ 8 MM after his 2021 season.. The M's want to keep him. RENTAL
Jesse Winker.. 2 year ARB II & III @ ~ $ 9 MM/yr for his 2022 and 2023 seasons.. Marginally expensive..
Jo Adell.. Nearly 6 years of service time remaining @ ~ $ 6 MM AAV... Talent on top of talent..but can he get to it at the ML level?
There are others..many others... Either one of the one year rentals and one of the 2+ year guys would solve the corner OF problem..
The same approach can be made w/r to the other equally important priorities:
Catcher that can hit