Addison Reed sure seemed like a good fit. Jake Arrieta would be interesting.
The Cardinals paid him to go to another team. Hard to argue against that conclusion. He proved to be a poor fit.
This is a fair point. As the Astros spun through their options at closer in the postseason, Gregerson was called on to pitch in games outside of those situations. He never pitched in a save situation. In all but one of his appearances, the Astros' trailed. Now, this was also part of his season as a whole. He had an uneven season. He saw a drop in velocity. He had the World Baseball Classic that played into his season, and it's always hard to measure how a family tragedy plays into a year. Randal Grichuk touched on this today with Stephen Piscotty as he talked about how there were times when Piscotty was clearly "not himself" this past year. The 2017 season certainly spells out a different picture for Gregerson than he and the Cardinals are betting on for 2018.
That is one of the things that seems to indicate it will still be addressed.
I was. The declarative was interesting.
Molina for three more years. Ozuna for two more years. Wainwright for one more year. Wacha for two more years. The clock certainly appears to be ticking. But the Cardinals have remained steadfast that they are thinking about five years, not making moves to cost them their future for the now. The time to win with the team they have had, the team they now have, is limited, for sure.
There was no comment from the team. They declined comment. From reporting around that, I have been told that there were somewhat concerned about Reed's workload and what that could mean in the coming years and years of his contract.
It seems likely that he would start in Peoria, and then if he does well he could slingshot ahead. Some kind of boost there to start the year, good success in the first half, makes sense. It's not like the Cardinals are lacking for outfielders at the levels above him, and you're right the Cardinals could get him going, get some positive returns, and avoid the dead zone for hitters that PB can be.
How do you figure? Sure, we probably sell more papers in October if the team is in the postseason, but this past year -- with the team not in the playoffs -- we also had record highs in online traffic reading about the team, and more thirst for coverage and more multimedia traffic than ever before. The chats -- in a year when the Cardinals didn't make the playoffs -- drew better traffic than at the same time in a year when they did reach the playoffs. I'm not sure the facts like up with your thesis.
Stop, for a moment, and consider that informed their decision.
Sure. Or a starter, if needed. Cardinals are high on their groundball-getter.
Guess so, from your perspective.
He has said that pretty consistently.
Both of those moves could be available during the season. Or moves like them.
Seagulls poking my head, not fun. I say, 'Seagulls. Stop it now.'
I do not have a precise estimate, and I know that some out there are wrong because they are based entirely on a formula, not reporting. What I do know -- and can confirm -- is that the Cardinals are a top-third team when it comes to revenue. Now, we have seen revenue spike for the top, top teams, and the gap between say the No. 5 team and the No. 9 team is more than say the No. 9 team and No. 15. That is how it has been explained to me by multiple people. We also know that the Cardinals are about to see an influx of revenue from a new rights deal. It will nearly double for the coming year, and all teams have just received a windfall from the MLBAM revenue.
You have New York confused with Philadelphia.