1. The actual value of a save.
2. The importance of maximizing Machado's value by moving him to SS.
3. The level of success Porcello has experienced in his career.
4. The amount of difference a good infield can make for a ground-ball pitcher.
-- You really think the Orioles would have done what they did last year without Johnson??? You need to think long and hard about that one.
-- Machado will fill out and from scouting reports I have read on him indicates he will be a third baseman in 2-3 years if not sooner.
-- Porcello is a .500 career pitcher who has a tremendous amount of innings on his arm at a young age. He is a major risk IMHO. That said I wouldn't mind taking a chance on him but it would have to be with someone other than Hardy and Johnson. If you would want to do something like Arrieta and a marginal prospect I would talk.
-- Again my problem here is giving up Hardy, a Gold Glove calibar shortstop with pop. How many of those guys are around?? I just don't see much value in bringing in a journeyman SS, marginal 3B prospect and a groundball pitcher with a ton of innings on his young arm. To break up your infield continuity for this package is just totally ludicrous..