I think he'd be a great story to write day-in, day-out, if you're asking for me personally.
Dude, Scrooge much? It's the eve of Christmas Eve and we're calling for people's jobs. Ownership will make that call based on the total health of the organization from their perception. That would include spending, revenue, state of the farm system, and, yes, the standings in the majors.
Trick question. It's not a style of journalism. It's a style of content.
As part of the current CBA, players have to pay for the tickets they use for friends and family. Some negotiate a suite at the ballpark or the use of a suite for certain agreed-upon dates that are decided during the season.
I have not heard a final stance on that, no. It has been asked.
Of course. They're a business. They operate like a business. Owners get into the baseball business usually only after they've been successful in some other business. This is the direction baseball has gone in the past 10, 15, 20 years. They're a best-practices business. They also recognize that not all risks are the same, just like not all insurance policies or premiums are the same. They're going to be different for a volatile position like pitcher vs. a less risky position like first base. Yes, all of this is considered or else the team needs to find someone better to do the job.
If it only takes that ... Sure. But if he's like this for all the years of his control, then it's going to be more than that. We'll see what the next CBA holds for him.
Lane Thomas has talent to surprise, yes. Should have had a better chance to show it during this past season. The injury cost him.
I have not. Not since the Mets were kicking that around.
Sure. That's not an outrageous number to think he'll get at some point.
Yes, he will get a chance to win the LF spot in spring training. That is the current plan unless the Cardinals are swept away by another offer.
The spending has loosened up this winter. There are more teams interested in contending this winter, like the Reds. So there are spenders coming out of hibernation. He's done well to add to his value by playing another position and finding a team that will want him there. A lot of it started with the qualifying offer that he rejected, and thus he got stuck with a draft pick and had to find a team willing to work out a deal around that. Then he had to bet on his performance, which picked up in the right way this time around for him to get a better deal.
Springfield offers a good game-going experience. The ballpark has great views of the game, and there is probably more chance there to interact with players than other places. That would be a good stop. Quad Cities, a former affiliate for the Cardinals, had a striking view of the bridge and river there in Davenport that it was worth visiting.
By the end of this chat will have Puig batting lefthanded, by gum.
Well, that's part of the contradiction that I tried to describe, and didn't do as well as I could. Arenado is available for a similar cost as Rendon, and it will also cost the team talent in the form of players, not just a draft pick that goes out the window to sign Rendon. You're right. Interested teams would have to reconcile that. Why have interest in the guy who could be around for two years, cost about the same if he sticks around, and also cost you young talent, when there was a player already on the market who just costs money and the draft pick? The easiest answer may also be the honest one: They prefer Arenado. Also, Rendon can choose the place he wants to go, and may not have chosen to sign with said team. Arenado has a no-trade clause, but he also may have reasons to go elsewhere, any elsewhere he can get.