I'm presuming their plan is to make Goldschmidt their big bat. You might see a different philosophy exhibited by high-profile free agents this next off-season in light of Harper and Machado still not being signed with two weeks go until spring training. I'm thinking the 2020 class may take a long-term deal offered by a team where that player is happy rather than that player cooling his heels in free agency.
Thanks for your kind words. I'm not saying the Cardinals wouldn't make that offer but I'm doubting it. I still believe Harper and/or Machado will get at least seven or eight years from somebody. Let's also keep in mind that Harper hit .248 last season. Normally, .250 hitters don't get $30 to $35 million a year.
A little early yet. Let's let him play in St. Louis for a while to see if he likes the city and if the city likes him before advancing to Phase Two.
There's always the possibility of another righthanded reliever being added, much like Bud Norris, before spring training last year. I think they like Brebbia, Hudson, Leone, Miller and Hicks as their final five, though, with Reyes perhaps an option if healthy.
I was dismayed when that rule came into play. But some of the minor league teams are playing shorthanded once in a while with call-ups and the new players not arriving yet. They aren't equipped to pitch too many extra innings. I would hope that MLB would not even entertain such speed-up nonsense in a big-league game but I have fears.
I think they would have enough financial reserve to do both. But this is a long way off. At this advanced age, I prefer to play these one season at a time.
Cecil's will be long enough that they perhaps can trade him somewhere if he has a good spring. Fowler will get a month or two if he proves healthy and productive in the spring.
It signals to me that the Cardinals won't be offering him a long-term deal anyway.
There have been enough free agent that have signed that a collusion suit would be tough to sell. I feel that Harper and Machado could have been signed by now. It's not for lack of interest. It's for lack of interest at a zillion dollars. I wonder how important that "record" contract is to both players and their agents. This didn't have to go this far and fans, instead of being excited about the possibility of "what-ifs?' are getting bored with the lack of inactivity and don't care as much about either player anymore. .
I haven't seen him play yet. Certainly not in Pujols territory, though, because no one else has been in the past 20 years.
O'Neill probably is the righthanded complement to switch-hitting Fowler in right field, even though Fowler actually has been a better hitter righthanded than lefthanded in his career. He also plays center, making him the back-up there. He has options left but really doesn't belong in Triple-A anymore.
I hear very little from them as far as pursuing another starting pitcher because they think Reyes can be that guy at some point this year. Bullpen, maybe. Starter, probably not, because they also have Hudson, Gant, Gomber and Ponce de Leon.
I understand your angst here. But Fowler actually was quite good in 2017 and deserves one more shot at this. Not a long one, mind you, but a shot. He will be playing at only age 33, which is the same age as Carpenter.
Anybody who has played in Denver as a home player is judged differently and probably unfairly because of Coors Field being a hitter's park. Walker, for instance, hit .388 at Coors but also .278 away, which isn't all that bad. Everybody has a home park but they also play 81 games a year away from it. I'm OK with both Martinez and Walker being in. Todd Helton, incidentally, hit .345 at Coors and .287 away and he got scant little support this year.
Why Fred McGriff hasn't done batter in Hall of Fame voting is ludicrous. Nearly 500 home runs and over 1,500 RBIs I would take anybody who wears a glove on his hand over a DH although Martinez's .312 career average is estimable.
If I'm understanding you correctly, you don't think owners are required to give huge sums of guaranteed money to players who might not be worth that much _ even, though, the owners have the money. What a novel concept.
I'm going to let that go for now because every team will do some tinkering before the start of the season. But I will predict the gap in games between the first-place team and last-place team in the Central will be less than in any other division.
I thought Vina was in the Reno area or somewhere in northern California but I do not know what he is up to.
That could be your bench but that doesn't include Munoz, who was a very good player for the Cardinals last year. Nor does it include Robinson or any other lefthanded hitter. It would be easier if the Cardinals could go with 12 pitchers and you would have five bench men. But they probably won't.