No. He will still have his innings curtailed and monitored. That's because of the injury he has and his experience and his age. A massive jump in innings will be avoided.
Interesting question. To get to 4 million the Cardinals would need to average 49,382 tickets sold per game, and that's not a place they have room for, to the best of my knowledge. How they counted the monthly passes was something of note this season, and it wasn't quite explained if all of those passes count for all of the games or if they only count for the game in which they were used. Regardless. The capacity would allow them to push past 3.5 million, but 4 is out of reach.
You can use your other arm to open a wallet, I suppose.
I was a tad surprised they didn't end up with him this past trade deadline. Seemed like a natural, low-cost move, and yet ... nothing. He didn't even move for all that much. And yet ... nothing. Bruce talked about welcoming the chance to be back in the Central, but he might be at a point where his contract makes more sense for a team with access to the DH because of the out years. Wouldn't be surprised if he was somewhere on the Cardinals' list, down ballot. But I say that and yet ... nothing. Like Holliday a few years ago and Cecil (in hindsight, to be honest) and Fowler, there's usually some indication of the team's interest before the chase begins. Haven't gotten that sense for Bruce.
Well, the rankings would have been different if I did them back then. What's changed since then is Piscotty has a long-term contract and he had a difficult year. That's the calculus. Teams are going to have to really trust their evaluations of Piscotty because of the guaranteed money, or they are going to want to see what he has. Allen Craig happened, remember.
This has come up, and the Cardinals are aware that they have to be able to alleviate the concern of players when they have questions about the city, about what it will be like for their families. They enlisted Ozzie Smith to meet with Dexter Fowler, and at least one other club employee had a long talk with Fowler to answer his questions about the city, about how it's portrayed nationally, and so on. While the city's perception nationally has obviously been shaped by the unrest, I want to stress that it's not unusual for teams to have to do with this with free agents. Boston, for example, is going to answer questions about Adam Jones' allegations, and Toronto has to work with free agents to understand what the different currency means, and so on and so on. There isn't concern so much as there is preparation for the questions they'll have to answer and maybe some perceptions they'll have to overcome.
Ty Wigginton trucked Yadier Molina. They still signed him.
He's one of the arms that the Cardinals could throw at the situation.
It could be because of market size and geographic factors. Keep that in mind. Some players -- shock! awe! gasp! -- want to live in bigger cities with better weather or better access to marketing. I mean imagine Stanton in NYC or Arenado in LA. That's a draw the Cardinals do not have.
Well, he was moved to third-base coach in July. So ... That position is under consideration for what the team wants to do with it in the future.
Donaldson would fit that mold. I'm sure there are a few others, but I haven't verified them or been able to connect the dots that well. Ozuna fits the profile, but he'd have the arbitration process as a reason, not the one-and-done woo that you're talking about. And, yes, creating room to make a move down the road when the free agents get better certainly makes sense, and that's the one part of this that also leads to the Donaldson talk. Yes, his one-year would kick the can down the road -- but it would kick the can down to a spot in the road when other options await.
It needs to be larger than this year's team. That appears to be what the Cardinals intend, and not just with the natural inflation of deals for Piscotty, Wacha, Wong, Carpenter, and Molina. Yes, those numbers alone will lead to an increase, but also because it wasn't too long ago that the Cardinals allowed that a $175m wouldn't be outrageous, would even be necessary to keep their young talent and outfit the lineup with what it needs, be it Leake one year or the bat the next.
Kolten Wong ought to be. Paul DeJong will be.
Yes, the Cubs have been stripped of their top five prospects and that will catch up with them becuase of where they draft in and the int'l spending limits now imposed on them. The upside for them is the control they have over their core group for several more years, and the fact that adding Quintana answers one of their pressing questions while the prospects would not have done that. They traded from a surplus to get a need. That's the model for the Cardinals need to do. As mentioned in a recent article, they need to find the Quintana of hitting.
This offseason. It was mentioned it has been mentioned many times -- they are clearing roster room and clearing payroll room for the moves they want/need to make ahead. If getting Leake off the roster cleared the way and the money for a move down the road -- this winter, per se -- then you could have a sense of the real value of that move. The Cardinals' moves this season have had a certain rhythm to them. They grew increasingly urgent, they had increasing connections, and they were, as they said, putting a 'fast-forward" button on 2018. Well, there you go. The Leake deal shouldn't be judged solely on O'Neill but how it set up the Cardinals for they were going to try to do next, and that's what we're about to see in the offseason.
I'm not sure about your example, but I understand your overall point. Players play.
Conveniently picking stats and parameters that prove your point? No. That doesn't happen. No way.
Well, they don't sell $10 beer to empty seats. So it matters.