The Cardinals may yet add a pitcher but let's get back to the Brewers' splash. Let's not fit Cain for a Hall of Fame plaque just yet. He knocked in 49 runs and hit 15 homers last year. Fowler 64 RBIs and 18 homers. Similar contracts.
A slick-fielding shortstop would help but I'm note sure the Cardinals are a groundball staff anymore with Leake gone and Wainwright uncertain.
Matheny didn't necessarily want to hit Molina fifth but that was the best he had. He led the club in RBIs with 83 but DeJong likely to hit fifth this year.
I truly do not find that many "premium" players out there in the market. The money is there. Top-tier talent is not. I ask anyone to tell me which of the free agents out there will even get a Hall of Fame vote someday. Chris Carpenter was better than Arrieta and he got two votes this year.
This something to look at but let's wait a year to judge until we see where the middle class falls next year with a lot of high-priced talent available. .
Again, this is something of a wait-and-see proposition. If Reyes is ready and able, the projection goes up. The question was how do I see them now? As of now, they are tied for first. And last.
I think the Cardinals gave up about as much to get Ozuna. But they didn't have a batch of four more prospects to give for Yelich, whom they didn't need anymore.
I've long advocated bringing in your best reliever in the eighth inning (or even the seventh) if the situation was dire. And I'm OK with keeping said reliever in the game to pitch the next inning, too.
Bill White has told me he doesn't pay much attention to the past, i.e., in reliving past glories. He said he already is in enough Halls of Fame.
If the Cardinals offered $20 million plus to Moustakas, he not only would bite, but he would inhale. Gyorko is only 28, same as Hosmer. Moustakas .314 on-base percentage, Gyorko .341 last year. What have you gained for your $20 million? But, yes, the Cardinals will need to look at first base someday. DeJong will wind up at third.
He would be on the radar of several clubs, including the Cardinals. If the Blue Jays ever considered making a change, they would look at Clapp, who is popular there as a native Canadian.
Hard to say for now because Perez isn't ready yet. But DeJong could play short another year or two here.
I do not believe I've said "everything is fine" since the midpoint of the last decade. But, prescient as I might be, I refuse to judge players until I actually have seen them, a la Mikolas and even Gregerson.
Of course. The Cardinals have the best starting pitcher in the division. And still an All-Star catcher. As of now, the Brewers have no solid No. 1 starter and a catcher let go by Oakland.
The Brewers already had a center fielder in Broxton, who is as good as Cain defensively and with more power _ who makes the minimum. He does strike out a lot, though. My point was that Cain's offense wasn't worth that kind of money and Fowler's probably wasn't either.
It wouldn't just be a fantasy of yours. But he ultimately will be a rotation piece.
Either Tyler O'Neill or Luke Voit, both righthanded hitters, would replace Grichuk as a bench man.
You always should be concerned. As should the Cardinals. But I think that some of this has to play out in spring training.
I don't see Nelson being a factor for a while after his shoulder surgery. Still, no real catcher or second baseman for the Brewers. Cubs are the favorites.
Jack Flaherty, who came up at the end of last season, would be the next man up if a starter, as you expect (suspect) goes down.