In what world is Rosario a replacement player?
In the world where he just posted a 1.2 fWAR.
That is, by definition, better than a replacement player.
It was a down year for him, I wasn't thrilled with it either, but there's little reason to expect him to get even worse next year given his age and history.The projections will be for him to be a shade above a 2 WAR player, which is starter level.
There's probably a good portion of the fanbase that views him as better than he ever really was, but there seems to be a massive overreaction in the other direction too.
Go year to year with him.I think he could definitely be a non-tender candidate next year, but he's still a reasonable value right now.Even a powerhouse like Houston still has an averagish guy like Marisnick filling out their roster.