No, giving away assets to win the news cycle is losing ground.
I agree, but then somebody has to offer something of value or he could be a decent fourth outfielder going forward.
Um, probably not. This season has been a slow drip of frustration. He is already moving on to 2018, with the rest of this season helping provide some guidance on what's next for some of these players.
Qualifying offer is over $18 million. Perhaps a bit less than that per year for four or five years would be reasonable.
He is an interesting guy and one reason why this team won't fold after this season. If he holds up at shortstop, he could provide plus production there and shorten the "to do" list for '18. Not sure he can hold up as a No. 3 hitter, but his plate discipline helps him stay somewhere in the middle third of the order.
OK, check back in the spring and we'll see where the team is at.
Maybe the $100 million for five is a bit rich. If that really is his price, then that makes it easier for the Cards to put the money into other needs. I'm a big Lynn honk, but that fifth year would have to be tied to durability if I were in charge.
Mozeliak's challenge is doing the best possible job managing his assets. He was never going to make a magic wand trade to save this season. He made it quite clear that trading long-term assets to provide a short-term lift wasn't happening. If there was a deal that could have helped this team for this year and beyond, great, he makes the deal. Same goes for a great long-term asset. But this market didn't bear such opportunities, so there is more to do in the offseason.
I believe that played into the decision not to dump proven players for mediocre returns or just to cut payroll. If the Cardinals only get a supplemental pick for Lynn, so be it. If the trade offers weren't compelling, then at least management can say that it kept veterans on the field until the end.
The Cardinals went to the playoffs 12 times in 16 years. That is unheard of success in a market this side, and that creates expectation and hope.
People have mentioned $100 million for five years. If he gets that, great for Lance because he is one of the good guys. Great competitor, great teammate, great with the media . . . zero negatives with him.
No, the Cardinals need some significant rebuild. This organization doesn't want to tank, so it's not as simple as unloading every veteran for prospects and stacking up more prospects with high draft picks. It will take some work, but ultimately I do believe this team will be able to leverage its pitching depth into more offense.
Waivers deals are always possible. A guy like Duke, for instance, might be a fit elsewhere and clear room for a younger pitcher.
The Cardinals sign free agents. Fowler got $82.5 million. You can argue about the return, but it's not like this team avoids free agency.
Right, but they needed to add about three impact hitters before getting around to the pitching.
That is not an insane concept at all. But again, where are the dollars going with Lynn? Paying some of Leake's deal AND bucking up for Lynn might be asking lot for a team that needs impact offensive help.
Sure, win-win deals are great. On a minor scale, we saw that with Gonzales for O'Neill.