That's on the table, for sure. A quicker route to service time would create that. So would a larger roster -- a 28-man roster with three healthy scratches. (Something I've advocated before, and I know has been brought up at the table of discussions.) Arbitration earlier would drive salaries, create reason for extension, and rise the salaries leading into free agent and do what free agency is not. That makes a lot of sense.
True. But he also has to catch the ball.
No. In one of the most maddening and awful parts of baseball, minor-league players are not represented by the union unless they are on the 40-man roster and that leaves them exposed to the nonsense that we see and the millions spent on lobbying to apparently suppress their salaries. It seems like maybe baseball could spend some of those millions on the players rather than trying to lobbying the government to classify them as season employees. That's just me.
I think it's an interesting idea. The team that has a player after his fifth year could offer a max deal before that player reaches free agency, while teams cannot offer him the same amount if he does reach free agency. There is a structure that makes that work. My bet is on Boras to come up with something along these lines that will offer a reasonable solution -- that will then be dismissed by the owners who want more control, like this situation just fine, and will continue to squeeze some of the best talent out of the game and into shorter contracts because they're consumed by best value. And that's why we'll have labor strife.
I have said as much: It makes a lot of sense. He's at the age they've described, he's the lefthanded bat for the middle of the order they could use, he's the face of the franchise for years they don't have, and so on and so on. Makes a lot of sense from so many angles. If not him, then who? If not him, then why? If their evaluations of him are so different on him, so down on him, then I'd like to know that and why.
I do have them available. They are not solely mine to share, unfortunately. They were created by J.J. Bailey, another Cardinals writer, and me in Jupiter a few years ago. First on a napkin, and later written in a more formal way so we could apply them to future movies. Dark Knight, of course, scores well. Deadpool ranks really high. Spider-Man 2, with Tobey and Doc Ock, is in the top three, and that might surprise people new to the genre. Black Panther stormed up the rankings, as you'd expect. A surprise that scored high? Thor. A movie that is great but didn't score all that well because it's impact on the genre was significant enough to score well in that category: Guardians of the Galaxy.
If the past four days are any indication, I'm going be 55 by the end of this season.
I guess I don't understand the question. Maybe if you asked about a specific player, I could. Flaherty is not a rookie anymore, if that's who you mean. Reyes remains a rookie.
I don't, personally. But, again, the scouts and teams are also split on this.
Honestly, I imagine I'll have something else to do at that time. But maybe. Those are good guys.
Not much. They've got to perform. They know that. The team hasn't hid that reality.
All. All of them. The whole group. No one skates.
I don't. The Cardinals aren't a publicly traded company, and MLB guards this information through layers of semantics and privacy that can be difficult to penetrate. I do know through some publicly available information and some reporting that the Cardinals are estimated to have been a top-eight team in revenues, definitely top 10, and could have been seventh or eighth in revenue in the game. It's worth pointing out that MLB has a situation where the gap between, say, No. 5 and No. 7 is greater than No. 7 and No. 12, so take the rankings for what they're worth.
The stories that are available to be told. The access that allows for deeper stories to develop, and the surprises that inevitable arrive.
He's going to get a chance to start for 2020 and could be a fierce groundball-greedy pitcher. Lots to like about what he brings.
I don't. But then I think Machado should play third base, where he's elite.