Baltimore Orioles: Five Things We Want To See In The 2020 Season
The Baltimore Orioles have to make the move with Chris Davis.
Chris Davis is coming back for spring training, this much we know. There’s no harm in letting him come back and take a few hacks in February/March with ample playing time available. However, it’s time to move on from the once-feared slugger, no matter the financial implications, and open up a spot on the roster for a more deserving player.
The Orioles will certainly play the service time game with Ryan Mountcastle, but when he’s finally up in the major leagues, the 2019 International League MVP must be in the lineup.
Removing Davis from the roster allows Trey Mancini/Renato Nunez to work at first base/designated hitter, while putting Ryan Mountcastle in left field where he worked extensively at the end of last season and slotting Anthony Santander in right field.
Santander played all three outfield positions in 2019 but put up his best numbers right field. He was worth -1 Defensive Runs saved in left field, -4 in center, and +4 in right field.
That’s a lot of home run potential in this lineup, especially if Major League Baseball keeps the 2019 ball around for another year.
We’ll never forget about the good times when it comes to Chris Davis, but he can’t continue to hang around if the Orioles want their budding youngsters to develop into valuable major leaguers.