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We recently sent out a tweet, and the results have been astounding, to say the least. Most of you want them all gone, while others say neither. Then there are the differing opinions on who should go and who shouldn’t. So, we decided to have some fun with it and continue playing armchair GM for the day. Step aside, Mike Elias, we got this!
Divorces are sloppy, even in baseball. If the Baltimore Orioles trade away Anthony Santander, things will get or feel even sloppier. The switch-hitting outfielder is on fire this season and looking to have his best season as an Oriole. So, why trade him? Or maybe better yet, why not?
The folks in the why trade him camp are looking at what he does for the O’s. Power, consistency, and fielding for starters, but he contributes so much more. Having someone that knows the strike zone as he does is crucial. Having a trusted outfielder with a cannon helps save games. Having someone with locked-in power at any given moment is key to the offensive success.
Trade, keep, build around: 3 Baltimore Orioles with 3 different outcomes
Tony Taters might have come to Baltimore on a whim, but he has become so much more over the past few seasons. Divorces are sloppy and, even in baseball, are worth repeating again. We see you too for the other folks in the trade him now camp. Allowing for growth in the minors is crucial, especially during a rebuild. The likes of Neustrom, Nevin and even Diaz depend on it.
Santander is three years younger than Mancini but arguably doesn’t have the same hold on the locker room. Plus, with his age still in the “prime” category, he can be worth a lot more. Make a move if you can find a club willing to part ways with a few key prospects or even one with a dependable arm. If not, keep him and allow him to be a continued part of the rebuild.
Narrowing down the possible outcomes: Trade or keep for now