Catching a free-falling free agent seems more realistic at this point. Maybe a bargain-bin signing on a minor-league deal. Something similar to the Bud Norris steal. It was knocked at the time, but it really helped last season's team until his wheels started wobbling toward the end. The Cardinals push back against this, citing all of the youth. And they do have some intriguing power arms on the rise. I'd like to see another dash of been-there-done-that, though, especially when you don't know what you're going to get from Gregerson and, let's be honest, Cecil.
Garber tells each potential location exactly what it wants to hear. Sacramento is no different. He is very good at making each region feel like it's the lead horse in the race. It's a good way to keep it running.
I would not be surprised if that's how it plays out. I have not witnessed any developments that suggest the Cardinals are going to rush to offer Ozuna an extension. He showed up last spring with a shoulder issue, frustrated the team at times with how he treated (or did not treat) it, then was more distant than the team would have liked him to be after he had offseason surgery. And let's not forget the time he overslept for a game. If he mashes this season, all could be forgotten. But there's a reason you don't hear talk about the Cardinals pushing for an Ozuna extension. They are not at this time. Plus, his agent is Scott Boras. What is the chance he is not going to hit free agency?
I agree with your larger point. However, the size thing does not move my needle as much as some. Anyone who is really interested in bringing a business here should understand the region. To say St. Louis is as small as the city proper says is to not have an understanding of the region.
I don't know. And, honestly, I don't care. Preseason NFL is worthless. A complete joke. I would hope none of the city leaders invest energy in bringing that to town.
That it lasts. Vince has made it pretty clear he's got the cash for an initial splash and some stability, but can it go three years? Five? That's the big question. And I'm skeptical.
I'll go yes. Unless it's against a lefty. Get the sense J Mart might be the guy against southpaws. But on opening day, the Cardinals would probably start Fowler regardless. They seem to be very interested in positive messaging when it comes to Fowler.
If they have, they are not sharing it. The vibe at Winter Warm-Up was that discussions about both options never really got that far. And Mozeliak had the line about shifting the focus from moves, to the season. So, it would be a big surprise. When was the last time the Cardinals made a big surprise? Could now be the best time? You bet. Should you expect it? Nah.
Yes. It can be found in the front office. Cecil shed a bunch of weight this offseason. He's shown dedication. Should the optimism be adopted elsewhere? I'll wait for results.
Great point. And this was a big topic of discussion at Winter Meetings a while back. Teams and pitchers alike stressed they re-learned from last season's flop of late pitching additions about the importance of spring training. But teams put the pressure on the players to sign sooner to avoid trouble. And players put the pressure on the teams to make better deals sooner to avoid struggling relievers. And another standoff develops. That's how things seem to be going between teams and players these days, on multiple fronts. It's why we are talking about labor conflict and potential work stoppages in the future, before the next CBA is agreed upon after the 2021 season. The Cardinals aren't pressing for relief now because they are happy with what they have. If something falls to them that they want, great for them. That's their mentality at the moment.
No, he was traded from the Marlins, and that's the contract he still has.
No argument here that losing the NFL hurt. It did. In many ways. And it hurt in ways people miss, like the scar tissue that exists when it comes to addressing any other sports-related issues moving forward. However, your opinion insists the NFL will be as it is today, forever. I don't agree. Check the roots on the league, and on the sport, and I think you will find some reasons for concern, none bigger than the decrease in youth participation. If you cut off the supply, the product suffers eventually.
What should they do? Not voice their concerns? The owners are very good at turning any stance the players take, and redirecting it back on the players. That's part of the problem here. There is not enough real conversation, and way too much finger pointing.
I'm calm. Very calm. Checking pulse. Can barely feel it. And the Cardinals are not not calm. They wish he would have been in touch more this offseason, and that they're making that pretty clear says something.
Unless they find a steal, probably so, yes. At least that was the vibe at WWU.
I have a ton of respect for Mr. Costas, and I agree with his ox analogy, but to say "nothing personal" seems to show a misunderstanding of the play-by-play. Kroenke and Demoff went out of their way to make it personal. Their relocation paperwork read like a scorned teenager's diary. These guys lied to our faces, then threw a match behind them on their way out of the door. Stan Kroenke said St. Louis was turning him into a "victim." He really said that. To the Los Angeles Times. During the same interview that included him and Demoff squealing about how they had planned their new stadium site for years -- during the same years they were swearing there was no secret plan. Just business? Pretty shady business.