As an ongoing story over the last month, Anthony Santander and the Orioles were set for an arbitration case to determine the right fielder’s value for 2021. The Orioles won this case and will pay Santander $2.1 million, a mere $375,000 less than his asking price.
Following the best season of his career, even for just 37 games, it was clear Santander would want and deserved a decent contract going into 2021. The Orioles MVP in 2020 was sidelined with an oblique strain that ended his fantastic season early.
A former Rule 5 pick from the Cleveland Indians, Santander was one of Buck Showalter’s final projects here in Baltimore. After showing vast improvements in 2019 and 2020, we see why Buck liked the kid so much.
In 130 games between 2019 and 2020, Santander hit 33 doubles and 31 home runs, with a .261 average and .832 OPS. On the scale of a 162-game season, those numbers are surely worthy of a deal that would be an improvement on his 2020 payroll of $212,037.
From the fan’s perspective, it’s a cheap move on the Orioles, who are famous for not spending money when and where they should. A difference of $375,000 from his asking price to the price elected in arbitration is very small.
However, the fact Santander has yet to play a full season due to injuries and the impending financial troubles the team is in, more than likely played a part in sending Santander to arbitration.
With that said, we are excited to see our 2020 MVP back in full health and with a better contract!
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