I never have had any trouble with either of the Mikes. I will say Shildt is looser than Matheny in those press settings but, by comparision, La Russa rarely was loose in his post-game conferences.
You have some merit there but he also had some shoulder issues that can't be blamed on the turf.
I suspect there would be some front office changes if there was another non-playoff season unless there was a freak like a 95-win team that didn't make it.
I want to see Hudson start, too, and he has been told to come to camp conditioned to be a starter. But, with middle-innings relief becoming more and more valuable in front office's and manager's minds, perhaps he will wind up there for one more season.
I would expect Harper and Machado to sign before the end of the year. I don't think Harper, in particular, wants to wait until mid-to-late January.
They are not serious. They are being gracious in giving him a spring training shot if he even will be ready sometime in the spring after his recent elbow cleanup.
Reyes would excel as both a starter or reliever, I think, but if his arm is strong enough, I would rather him start.
That's what the Nationals think, too, and they're preparing to move on without Harper _ unless ownership thinks otherwise.
I would like to see that happen. I wouldn't rule it out inasmuch as he could continue to train in his hometown in the spring.
If the chatters think Josh Donaldson can rebound after a horrible, injury-marked season, then why isn't Fowler accorded the same courtesy? They're the same age. (playing at 33).
Why would you say at this stage that Donaldson is better than Carpenter? Under that scenario, you would have no lefthanded power hitting in your lineup.
If I was another team, I wouldn't give up too much for Wacha as a potential rental/health risk and Reyes because he is a health risk.
His major deficiency is that he strikes out way more than he walks (57-7) in 130 at-bats. He'll be OK in the field.
I do not see the Cardinals offering Donaldson any more than two years but I, frankly, don't see them offering anything right now.