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I've always been fascinated by Longoria, and a year ago at this time, I was yelping for the Cardinals to try to acquire him from lowly Tampa Bay. What's not to love, right? Well, Longoria actually had a pretty down year offensively in 2017 -- but he won the Gold Glove in the American League. His WAR was actually close to Jedd Gyorko's, and Jedd had like 200 fewer at-bats. But I still think Longo would be an upgrade, overall, at third base. And I'd have to think that any deal involving Longoria would also get you a pitcher, hopefully the closer Colome -- and we can dream, but what about Chris Archer, holy moly. Yes, Evan will made an average of $15.6 million for each of the next six seasons. That's a lot of money, but I don't think it's albatross money. Your question is a good one, but I think if the Cardinals indeed can get Machado or Donaldson and not give up Reyes and Weaver, then I'd think/hope they would pull the trigger on that trade even if Tampa is down to trade, too.
My sister Emily was a figure skater growing up in St. Louis, so I've enjoyed that over the years, after my hours of watching skating shows at the Brentwood Ice Rink each winter. I really enjoyed Meryl Davis and Charlie White last year. And when I was at the Denver Post from 2007-2015, Vonn and Mikalea Shiffrin were huge stars in the state, and cool personalities too. But honestly, I don't watch the Olympics really, except for maybe an event here or there. I don't get into it overall. I wonder if that's a generational thing or a me thing, but I'd rather watch the Blues and Mizzou and This Is Us and some old Seinfeld DVDs ... and my VHS of "The Heat Is On," the story of the 1985 Cardinals.
Here's the thing. Adams had a really good spring. Adams had a powerful lefty bat. None of us knew Pham would be a 300/400/500 guy. And he had a home run robbed in his first game at LF -- I've often wondered if that OF doesn't make the catch, how that at least would've changed the narrative, in the short-term, with Adams playing left. Maybe it would've given him a longer leach. I dunno, I was cool with them trying it more than other people were. But clearly, Adams was an inferior fielder out there, running ridiculous routes. Side note, I saw Adams at Starbucks the other day. He's been working out at John Burroughs. He is super-slim still.
I was talking to a baseball front office guy just the other day, and he was indeed astounded that some of the biggest names haven't been signed yet. It's a weird year for sure. I'm sure there is much squabbling going on about JD Martinez, who had a brilliant 2017 and career, but can't change his age, as he and Scott Boras try to get a huge contract. Hosmer, I say, is overrated OFFENSIVELY, but obviously stellar defensively. Still, no movement. Anyway, it's hard to pinpoint exactly when deals will happen, but just keep checking stltoday.com !!!!!!!!!!!!!
For one season? I mean, clearly the dream is that they get Machado, he comes to St. Louis and tries the new gooey butter cake concrete at Shake Shack and decides to sign long-term. For one season, I suppose the next question is -- what do you have to give up to get each guy? You'd have to think you have to give up more for Machado than Donaldson. So I suppose go for Donaldson, who has had STUPID NUMBERS the past five years. And again, we're just talking about this one upcoming season.
A good question. Let's not forget -- players get better with better players around them. Kassius Robertson, Jeremiah Tilmon, Blake Harris and Hochman favorite Jontay Porter have changed the dynamic of the offense. I mean, Porter's assists alone can change a game. Kassius has helped tremendously, since he can pass and be a weapon from 3, opening up some space for other fellows. I do know that "leftover" Kevin Puryear worked diligently on his shooting this offseason, and he came into this season with a next-level confidence in his stroke. And Jordan Barnett has had such a whirlwind career. For the first time at Mizzou, he was able to prepare in the summer for a full season that he knew he'd get a lot of minutes in. His game has been pretty fluid. And then, yes, Cuonzo's staff does seem to be pressing the right buttons.
What's everyone's "new" favorite Christmas song this year? Like, a song you didn't always love but this season, for whatever reason, has hit you? Mine's been Tom Petty's "Christmas All Over Again"
Well, obviously we know they need a closer and possibly another bat. But I also wouldn't mind one more high-priced reliever, and there are a few out there. If it's "only money," and bullpens are gobbling more innings than ever before, why not overload that pen?
I don't like the idea of trading Wong. He's entrenched in the starting second baseman spot. Let's not forget what he did when healthy -- 354 at bats, 27 doubles, .285 average and .376 on-base percentage. And he's got a game-changing, single-stealing glove. But if you can replace Wong with someone else in that trade, it's worth at least talking about.
Steak 'n Shake and Shake Shack are NOT THE SAME. I fell in love with Shake Shack on Dec. 13, 2010, the first time I had it in New York. It's become my "favorite food." It's the first thing I look up when I'm possibly heading to a city -- do they have a Shake Shack. During the Blues' playoff series against the Wild, I went to the Mall of America three different times to get Shake Shack. Last night, I stood in line at the STL one. And why not Carp/Dex?
Man, I am genuinely excited about Braggin Rights, even though it means writing on deadline! It was one of my favorite events growing up -- how did Kiwane Garris miss ALL THREE free throws? -- and I'll never forget Clarence Gilbert's shooting binge in 1999. Tilmon makes for high drama. It's a little STL sports soap opera, and he had some fun comments about the game a couple months ago. You'd have to think there will be some intense play in the low-post involving Tilmon. My fear is that he gets in foul trouble, and they we don't get to see him play the minutes we yearn for him to play in this game.
When Goold and I talked to Mo before the Winter Meetings, over at Ballpark Village, Mo was so confident that they had the rotation ready to go. Carlos Martinez. Michael Wacha. Luke Weaver. Adam Wainwright. Miles Mikolas. And then acknowledging that Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty would get starts during the season. I dunno man. If we can pencil in Carlos for 200 and Wacha and Weaver for 160 each (Wacha had 165 last year), then what are we needing from Waino and Miles? 150 each? A lot of this, of course, depends on Reyes in particular. If by mid-May he looks like the same dude we saw in 16, then yeah, plug him into the rotation and you're fine. So this is my long-winded way of saying that it won't be fluid or neat with the innings, but yes, they can make it with those seven arms -- but Archer would be a happy acquisition.
All I know is when I got that PR email today from the MLS about Nashville, I got sad. I think we blew it. I think -- as I wrote and wrote and wrote -- St. Louis had a plan that would pay off down the road for the whole city. It was all about planting a seed that was the MLS. But things got misconstrued by some people with influence. And those for the MLS didn't do a good enough job at convincing city voters WHY this was actually good for them. Too many people just looked at it as basic buzzwords -- taxes (which you don't want to pay) and soccer (which you don't even follow or like) -- and it killed the campaign. So, I suppose, Go FC Nashville!
That's a good way of putting it. I suppose the question is -- is Reyes or Weaver part of this farm that he's being forced to ship?
This guy, again! And yes, it's totally fair. I'm angry too. I hate that they're good now, I hate that casual LA Rams fans get to say "our team is good," I hate that our fans had to suffer through the antiquated coaching of Jeff Fisher and I hate that Kroenke didn't put the best resources in place for the Rams to win here in STL. Last year was a fun season, hate-watching the Rams debacle. This season, you get that errie feeling that the team just has it all clicking so well and could win in January.
I was with you on the Jose Martinez love, but then you threw me for a loop with the Hosmer. Stay away from Hosmer.
The part about Stanton's comments that miffed me the most was the idea that the Cards still were a couple years away. The reality is -- they wouldn't be if Stanton signed with them! That was the whole point -- you, Giancarlo, you are the bridge to the playoffs! But yes, I think at the end of the day, he was headed to NY or LA all along. Though I do wonder about the Cards' sales pitch. I wonder -- was there some sort of creative approach, some sort of outside the box thing that could've enticed Stanton to be like "hold up wait, I should do this."