You should. It would be him.
A team can make requests of baseball for what it wants in the coming season, and at last check the teams do have to prioritize what they want. They can't just request, for example, all Cubs series on the weekends or that the Yankees come to town over the weekend -- unless they have a specific reason. They can, however, request to open at home, or put in dates of a circus visit or concert or conflict with another event in town (political rally, basketball tournament, etc.) and make that the priority so they don't overlap. All of that. The Cardinals, as we've discussed often and often again in here and in the newspaper, are not a team that prioritizes having opening day at home. They don't. They have opened at home only once in Mike Matheny's tenure as manager -- and they are on the road again this year. They are OK with this. They want to reduce the number of days they play at home in April, and this is a good way to do so, and they know that opening day at Busch is an event that will sell tickets, even if it's Game 7 of the season. Several years ago, the Cardinals took MLB at its word that the Angels would be on rotation to visit St. Louis and the Cardinals did not prioritize a visit from the Angels. Had they know that it was a question, they would have made that request -- and had Pujols come to town vs. going out there for a second time to Anaheim, Calif.
It can happen in 2019. It is supposed to happen in 2019. The Cardinals have been given some assurances that the Angels will visit during interleague in 2019.
Molina is the given. Wainwright is the likely. I would put DeJong in that conversation now.
The Cardinals are going with quantity vs. certainty. I think certainty is undervalued when it comes to what makes a contender. It is costlier than it used to be, but in this case -- with the division there for the taking -- it seems worth it. They think their players have more upside and more value than the players available in the market. Entirely possible. But the variance is high. Certainty is certain.
Gomber. He's in line to be the team's top lefthanded starter, available. Gallen. Junier Fernandez. Seijas. Oviedo. And, of course, Conner Greene. Real eager to see what they do with the power arm that came from Toronto in exchange for Grichuk.
Well, to start with he's a good player. He can play shortstop now and become the third baseman later. The Cardinals have a longterm opening at third base. DeJong has the power profile to play third base. So all the stars align. He's a player who will likely get some kind of extension, which we've seen with Craig, Piscotty, Wong, Carpenter, and DeJong would be in line for that, and if he keeps producing he has the look of a guy who will stick around -- extending his deal, like Wainwright did, before he gets to free agency. That's all. There are so so so many variables when it comes to answering a question like that, so I just lined up the things we know and drew a conclusion that DeJong should be in that question about who could be a career Cardinal.
Have not heard a dollar figure on that, no. It's worth noting that it's not a social club -- it's open to all of the fans. It does not require a special ticket. What they've done is cleared out seats -- so, reduced the number of seats at the ballpark and tickets to seats that will be sold -- and increased the chance to sell those subscription tickets. That will be a moneymaker for the Cardinals and now there is a place for those ticket-buyers to collect because they don't have seats, but now they do have a mix area.
He would help them in two ways: He would be bring certainty to the infield because you'd have four clear starters at the positions and Gyorko as the righthanded complement for three of the spots. Makes a lot of sense there. He would lengthen the lineup and give the Cardinals a welcome lefthanded bat in there. They veer righthanded now. He would be a complement in the lineup, not a focal point though, and of course at this point still the Cardinals would be paying focal-point prices. Those are the two areas where he would make the Cardinals better, in my view.
It still feels inevitable. Five years? Not sure. Could see it being part of the next CBA. Of course, I and many others expected that in this CBA.
Malapropisms are awesome.
That's always the case. Agents call teams. Teams call agents. That is true in November and February. Agents call to sell their clients. Teams call to gauge interest from those clients. The actual process of calls and returns, texts and emails and emojis, is different.
He will not have a hard cap, but he will have his innings monitored and curtailed in the way that Michael Wacha did in his first year and, to some extent, the year or so following.
Noted. Arrieta in relief would be fun to watch.
Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. A thousand times nope. Both of those leagues have salary caps. The NFL has a joke -- as it does not guarantee contracts. Owners would love the deal you're talking about. Not players. No way. No chance. No.
The answer is in that story. Fifth paragraph. They made around $35 million in 2017.
That's not a rumor. That has been reported, widely.
A salary floor would be excellent, yes. As would an audit on teams when it comes to funneling revenue sharing into a better product. One issue you'd run into is that not all baseball ops expenses are on salary. So instead of a "salary floor" at the major-league level, you would have to have a "spending floor.," That would include draft bonuses, development costs, international spending, and free-agent spending. And what you want to avoid is artificially altering the market. That is, you don't want a team that has $2 million to meet the floor spending that on a prospect that really only should command a $450,000 bonus. It would skew the market. It's tricky. But coming up with an equation that would include development costs would allow for teams to increase the salaries of coaches and scouts -- where salaries should be increased -- and have that count against the floor and keep a team from incurring a penalty for not spending their rev-share purse. That would make sense.