Not much. They've gone this long into the staring contest, what's another week. Maybe it puts in perspective all they have to do on their own not to be left behind when they do sign.
Another one of the books that would make my top 10. And I need to do some update to that thing I wrote about Eight Men Out. I had my worldview of it flipped recently. I made an error -- and it's one that I've just been going with as many times as I've seen that movie.
I think that is a fair conclusion to draw until they explain, succinctly, what is was about both of these players that the didn't see as worth chasing. Yes, a lot of it has to do with Goldschmidt. Do not discount that. I was told again today that if Goldschmidt was a free agent like Machado and Harper, the Cardinals would have been inclined to chase after Goldschmidt as the better fit and better hitter of the group. They can say that in hindsight of course. But it's an interesting thought exercise right: What if Goldschmidt were also a free agent? Because in the end that's what he's going to be for the Cardinals, and the answer to this very fair, very real question -- if not now, when? -- might be when they have a player of their own to re-sign. Just like always.
If not now, when? We're back to that question -- and likely at the same answer.
First, that's what Manny Machado got, and so the market has been set and Boras will shoot above it -- and that's also what the reported offer from the Nationals was. Now, that one had all sorts of levers and pulleys and today value and deferred money and like, because that's how Washington rolls when possible, but still the target is there, and the framework becomes the question. Look, Machado got $300 million this late in the offseason after so so so so so much handwringing that he'd have to "settle" for less than that. He didn't. News flash, Harper won't either. There is every indication that he's been offered a deal worth more than Machado's and he's just either trying to get the preferred team to get to that point, too, or he's going to take that record deal and our long national nightmare will be over. We cannot know exactly what the negotiations look like, but based on past experience and past markets we have a good sense what point we're at now.
At the end of the season so that it includes total spending -- players added, pro-rated salaries, complete outlay. That is one of the things I see a lot: So many different payroll numbers being used out there. I see opening day payroll (which doesn't matter much for teams, but gets overplayed for fans), and then 40-man payroll (which is valuable for teams and fans), and then total spending (which you don't see all that often, but is essential teams), and so on and so on. Performance bonuses are one example of the total spending that matters team for the purposes of all their considerations. And there are also payrolls adjusts for inflation, and those can be instructional to show how spending has not kept up with inflation. The Cardinals are going to have a higher payroll than last year, and it looks like they're headed in toward some $160-million to $165 million or $170 million range at some point. I'm trying to drill down more on what that looks like this year, next year, and how the extensions factor into that. One addition the Cardinals have budgeted already is Martinez's bump (signing bonus, salary) and the hoped-for extension for Mikolas, which also could include an increase for this season.
Reyes was unlucky his injuries occurred at all.
(Yes, on a pure roster basis, because Reyes' injuries happen in the majors during spring training or in a game, his time on the DL counted toward service time and he will be a free agent that much quicker. He'll also have that much less time of earning through arbitration, and he'll have that much more of an incentive to sign an extension a year from now. And the Cardinals did the same thing with Jaime Garcia, which remains the model.)
Yes. Greatest upset ever in Survivor: Jupiter history.
Depending on the weather the hop-on, hop-off is a great way to see the city and its scope, too. Also you can hop off and grab lunch at a pub. Hop on and get and see the rest of the city.
Inevitably. Especially to get the jolt they'll need/deserve/want in July.
An excellent point. Mike Trout is coming to St. Louis -- as an Angel. Spread the word. It's time for baseball to complete the circle and just put every team against every team and let the season play out.
He's in the conversation. I don't think you could say best, period, when the division has three former MVPs, including the reigning MVP Christian Yelich. Check out the list of candidates: Yelich, Votto, Rizzo, Bryant and Goldschmidt -- that's probably the top five. You'll get some who insist Baez belongs in there, and there will be talk of Carpenter as the best leadoff hitter in the division, maybe the league. But really when you crystallize it you're talking about those five and I'd be there for the debate if it came down to Votto vs. Yelich vs. Goldschmidt vs. Bryant. That would be a hearty one.
I think you're onto something, and you're also seeing some of the personalities that have been added or the personalities that are growing into leaders on the team. Clearly Flaherty is outgoing. Hicks likely will be. Bader clearly is. There is also a different vibe around the team, as we've discussed often. There is an internal optimism to this group, and I'm getting the sense that the team is eager to share that. So, it's a younger team, a more social media-geared team, and, overall, just a team more delighted to be a team, and they have leaders, including the manager, who are fostering that not suppressing that.
I don't think they have changed in the past two, three weeks or month, not at all.
Reggie Jackson looked a little robotic in his role, I thought.