There certainly will be another relief pitcher here before end of spring although he isn't likely to get a four-year deal like Davis. They don't seem inclined to dabble in the starter' market just yet until those demands come down to three years and, perhaps not even then. As for another hitter, same situation. The Cardinals, like everyone else, are waiting to where the market goes. Nobody else is signing hitters either. But they're not in the seven-year boat with Hosmer.
Addison Reed has been reported to be going to a couple of different clubs already but those deals apparently fell through. If he is healthy, the Cardinals surely are still in that market although whether they would go to three years at $10 million or so a year is a question. Colome still is an option, too, depending on what Rays want.
No. Is Yelich even a better player than Pham, let alone throwing in two other players like Flaherty and Kelly?
You always keep in touch with Toronto about Donaldson whether or not Yankees get Machado and there might not be anything there either.
The Cardinals have little or no interest in giving Holland four years for anything near Davis money. Three years would be debatable.
Stanton and Heyward already have contracts like that, whether the player can get out after three or four years. I think that's going to be the norm on any contract longer than five years _ if there are any. .
The Cardinals aren't going to give Lance Lynn or any other starting pitcher five years at that money. Lynn isn't going to sign with anybody until Arrieta and/or Darvish signs, to establish the market.
That market for one-year starters hasn't established itself yet. There will always be those guys. That's one of the reasons they brought in Mikolas on a two-year deal from Japan, to cover for Reyes. Andrew Cashner might be an option to pursue, depending on what it would cost. As we move closer and closer to spring training, the players (and playes' wives) want to know where they're going in February and some sense of urgency will start to affect unemployed players who may tell their agents, "Get me a deal. Now."
I'm kind of in on Jose Martinez at first base and Carpenter at third. Both Gyorko and Carpenter could play third and both Carpenter and Martinez at first. Opening day means "Thor" in New York, though, so I'm forecasting, for that first game, Carpenter at first and Gyorko at third.
Mr. Goold is fine and dandy. He has been taking some well-deserved time off before the long grind begins. You will see his tomes later this week.
Pujols probably had a little more lift in his stroke than Clark. Both hit the ball terribly hard and I do recall Clark solving Gooden that one time.
We will be featuring steak and broiled grouper and a tasty assortment of side dishes and desserts. Good tickets, starting at $150, still are available by calling MetroTix. Dinner starts at 6:30 at Union Station Hotel on Sunday and we're hoping newcomer Ozuna can join a list of Hall of Famers and other stalwarts on the dais.
I haven't heard Tillman's mentioned but he might be worth a shot on a modest deal. As for the Arrieta report that surfaced, I would be astonished if the Cardinals would go four years or beyond for him or any other starter, after their experience with Mike Leake.
The Cardinals have enough money to do anything they want. And they will have enough to extend Ozuna if he they _ and he _ agree to do so. The Wainwright contract, for one, will be coming off the books after this year at some $19 million.
Their lack of production from Cecil, though it was a relatively inexpensive deal by Davis or Holland standards, is one of the reasons the Cardinals will not go four years for another reliever.
The way baseball is trending, starters no longer have to pitch 200 innings with the increased emphasis on bullpens which feature a different type of thrower every inning from the sixth on. A six-inning start, indeed, will be a quality start when that was sneered upon not that long ago.