As often as he's been hurt, I would be astonished if Kershaw would opt out of more than $30 million a year. He's not going to get that anywhere else.
I didn't say it would be easy. You might have to kick in some money. Let's allow this to play out a little more. It is my understanding that the season does not end on June 15.
That's part of the job. Just as it is having signed Norris for $3 million, having given nothing away for J. Martinez two years ago, and signing Mikolas, who has been among the top 10 pitchers in the league.
Steve Carlton wanted $6,000 (that's thousands, not millions) more than Gussie Busch wanted to pay him. Gussie won out, if you call that winning.
Stop it with Donaldson. He's been hurt and not playing. Archer doesn't help them as much as a hitter would. But the question is how much young pitching would you sacrifice for Machado, not knowing yet the potential future of Reyes and knowing, almost for certain, that Machado won't be here next year?
It isn't always about the money. See Stanton. The money would have been picked up. He didn't want to play here. And the $33 million coming off the books? I presume that's for Holland and Waino. But how about fat raises that will be due Pham and Wacha via arbitration? You've lost $10 million or more of that right there.
Excellent question. Each had a strong season or two but couldn't overcome injury.
You may have a point. But I'm going to need more than seven innings of work before I can side with you.
Either that, or they might have decided that Hicks is their man, to be backed up by Norris.
The Cardinals are not going to give Reyes away. And, to my knowledge, his career isn't over. But why would anybody trade for somebody who's on the disabled list and give you anything for him?.
Can't win 'em all. But I guess they're supposed to.
I have never said, 'Don't try.' Of course, you try. But that doesn't mean you get him.
Thanks for being so gracious. I didn't say Matheny was a master at using his bullpen. I said that he had gotten better. And he has.
The Cardinals won't be the only teams in the "buyer beware" mode, as witnessed how long it took free agents to get signed last year. It would seem they would be very wary about offering any deals of more than three years but they should still pursue the big-ticket players as well as the "reclamations" as you call them.
Now, are you talking about the Cardinals trading a bunch of prospects for Machado and having him as a rental and then trying to sign him? Or waiting until he is a free agent? These are two very different issues. I agree that pursuing him is a good idea. But what is the most realistic way to do it?
Perez has been in extended spring and may turn up at State College this year. There had better be hope or they should cut him loose.
Carpenter is confident that is arm is pain-free and that he can made any throw _ even if it doesn't always look good.
He did pick a runner off first on Sunday in Springfield.
Why not? He hadn't pitched since Thursday.