Measure the commercial market for the John Means starter; No Orioles in the All-MLB squad; Arena update


Over the past two years, Orioles Executive Vice President / General Manager Mike Elias has completed two major transactions until the December deadline for the contract offer.

In December 2019, Elias sold starting pitcher Dylan Bundy, who was two years off free agency, to the Los Angeles Angels for four right-handed pitchers – Kyle Bradish, Kyle Brnovich, Isaac Mattson and Zach Peek.

Last year, he traded shortstop José Iglesias, whose 2021 option had been chosen a few weeks earlier, at the Angels for two other right-hangers Jean Pinto and Garrett Stallings.

Is it possible that Elias is considering another deal?

The Orioles have no major league players for 2022, and six are eligible for refereeing – right-hander Jorge López, left-hangers Paul Fry, John Means and Tanner Scott, first baseman / designated hitter Trey Mancini and outfielder Anthony Santander.

According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association have agreed to extend the contract offer deadline from December 2 to November 30. If the deadline had remained on December 2, it would have been the same day Major League Baseball could freeze playoff trades with a lockout if there was no new contract to replace the expiring collective bargaining agreement. .

ESPN’s Buster Olney reported that Elias values ​​the market for Means, a starting pitcher who is valued by at $ 3.1 million in his first season of arbitration eligibility.

Middle and center Cedric Mullins are the Orioles’ two most attractive players. If the arbitration system remains intact in the new agreement, Mullins would be eligible for arbitration within a year.

With three years in control of the club, Means is an attractive commodity – for the Orioles, who are in desperate need of a high-end starter, and for other teams who could acquire three years of service from Means.

Means, who was 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA, had a WAR 4.0 (Wins Above Replacement) in 2021 and on May 5 threw the Orioles’ first solo scorer since 1969.e in Seattle.

Throwers of his caliber with so much time before free will are rarely available, and his eventual departure could leave the Orioles painfully skinny in the rotation.

While pitcher Grayson Rodriguez’s best prospect is set to make his debut in the 2022 season, there is no other proven starter than Means.

None of the other possible candidates for the rotation – Keegan Akin, Dean Kremer, Zac Lowther, Alexander Wells and Bruce Zimmermann – have had significant success in the big leagues, and the Orioles are unlikely to spend on accomplished star pitchers. .

It would be interesting to see what sort of deals Elias could get for Means. There is a dominant theory in baseball that teams no longer trade their best prospects. With the Orioles in dire need of help in the rotation, it looks like they should get at least two top contenders for the starting rotation as well as some extra prospects in exchange for Middleweight.

A possible deal with Means couldn’t be compared to Dan Duquette’s July 2018 deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers for Manny Machado. The Orioles were under pressure to make a trade because Machado was an impending free agent.

The five players the Orioles got in exchange for Machado –Kremer, infielder Rylan Bannon, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, reliever Zach Pop and infielder Breyvic Valera did not produce for the Orioles.

Even with Means and the debut of Rodriguez and top prospect Adley Rutschman in 2022, the Orioles are unlikely to compete. If they trade means, it could mean another 100-plus-loss season and another No.1 draft pick, unless the new collective agreement includes a provision that prevents teams from drafting first. consecutive years.

Mullins, who still has four years in control of the club, could be even more valuable than Means.

The Orioles are more likely to trade Mancini, who could earn $ 7.9 million in arbitration, or Santander, whose 2022 salary could reach $ 3.7 million.

Mancini and Santander wouldn’t go looking for the loot Means could. A deal for Mancini so soon after winning three American League Returning Player of the Year awards could be politically risky for Elias.

Santander’s 2021 has been difficult. A year after being voted Most Valuable Oriole with an OPS of .890, Santander’s OPS fell to .720, and injuries limited him to 110 games.

The Orioles would trade low on Santander, whose defensive WARFARE fell from 0.7 in 2020, a year in which he was a finalist for the Gold Glove in right field, to -0.6 in 2021.

No Orioles: Mullins and first baseman Ryan Mountcastle were nominated for the All-MLB squad, but neither won. Mountcastle and Mullins will be presented to the crowd in the Ravens’ game on Sunday night against the Cleveland Browns.

Arena tracking: Last December, I wrote about the need for a new arena in Baltimore. On Wednesday, the city’s Valuation Council is due to vote on a deal to renovate, but not replace, the Royal Farms Arena, built in 1962.

Brooklyn Nets star venture capitalist Kevin Durant has partnered with Oak View Group, which built UBS Arena in Elmont, New York, the new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders, which opened its doors last Saturday.

The joint group will spend approximately $ 150 million on the arena and increase the seating capacity by approximately 10-15%. This could increase the seating capacity for basketball to around 14,000 and concerts to around 16,000.

The renovation could begin during the winter and end in 2023.


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