Players love arbitration! The industry is flush with cash and they money keeps going up. This is why teams will cut guys loose rather than go through the process.
Crowds could thin a bit if the team doesn't pick up its play. But fan loyalty is way more durable than you would guess from reading the chat rooms.
No, all this means is there is more work to do in the offseason. This was not a particularly robust trade market this time around. Lots of reasons for that. Contenders focused on adding pitching and the Cards just didn't get enough for Lynn.
John Mozeliak's won-loss record as GM is pretty stunning. As long as he shares DeWitt's vision and DeWitt believes he can execute it, he will get to stay. The Cardinals are still a model franchise, loaded with assets and refusing to go the tank/rebuild route.
It appears that will come in the offseason. No reason to make trades just to make trades. The remaining games will allow guys to define their future team role or build trade value.
There will be some action after this deadline, but prime talent won't get through waivers. We'll see some salary dumping now.
Neither player is a big run producer.
Garcia will be fine. He's been in playoff races before and he is just a depth guy for the Yankees. He has offensive support and an awesome bullpen behind him. Good trade the Yankees and a nice chance for Jaime to raise his trade value.
You are reading WAY TOO MUCH into a camera shot into the dugout.
The Cards were not in the market for low-hanging fruit. They were looking for some long-term assets that could especially help the offense. Those opportunities didn't materialize, so now the offseason gets more interesting.
Actually, it was pretty hot and there isn't much shade. The biggest takeway from the weekend was the large turnouts. People filled the seats, at least for a while. Pretty amazing, really.
You watch, he'll get a nice contract in free agency.
Geez, fans aren't letting that bitter thing slide . . .
The Cubs accumulated a staggering pile of assets by losing deliberately for four years. And Mozeliak has had to spend assets along the way with Cards in the hunt every year of his regime.
Most of the younger guys aren't emotionally invested here. They just want to play in the big leagues. If that means going to Seattle to get that chance, then great.
I could see a team claiming him. It's just money and you can always make space for a guy like that.