Jonah lays out his case:
- Roberto is just 22.
- Making minimum wage (for, you know, major league player).
- He can’t be a free agent until after the 2020 season.
- He is very very good.
- Contending teams tend to overpay for closers at the deadline.
- Since he is under team control for so many years, teams would be willing to overpay more than they would for the average closer.
- Ryan Tepera could slip into the closer role.
For me, I’m always of the opinion that anyone can be traded. Whether I’d do it or not depends on the offer.
For Osuna, I’d need a lot. He’s giving us about as much value for the dollar as possible (for a reliever). And, of course, I’m a fan, so I have a sentimental attachment to Osuna. I’ve enjoyed watching his career to this point and I’d love to continue to watch it. And I think there is a value to keeping some players that the fans can grow to love.
Closers are overvalued, but Osuna is about as good a closer as you are likely to find. He could end up having a great career. Course, he could hurt his arm and be out of baseball, but I think the odds are better of the former than the latter.
Some of the choice depends on where the Jays are at the deadline. If they fall off some, it would be easier to sell a trade. If they make a run, then it would be hard to explain to the players on the team the reasons why. Or maybe they stay where they are, hovering around .500 (but never quite getting there), making it hard for the front office to decide if they should buy or sell.
Let’s put up the poll.
If up to you, do you shop Roberto Osuna?
This poll is closed
No, but I’d listen to offers.
No, I’d like him to be a Jay for life