It's OK to have a little sanity in the game.
Haven't see him much but I would be interested in finding out.
Bud Norris gave them a terrific four months last season but had health issues much of the season and was bothered even more later in the year. He would be the type of righthander I would look at. It seems as if Gregerson is done. Stephen Vogt surely would want to land where he's have a chance to play more.
Gonzalez would be a terrific player for any team. But how much playing time could the Cardinals really guarantee him? He values himself as a regular player who would command a three-or-more-year contract. He is, however, a perfect player to have except that he doesn't play center field and anybody they sign now likely will have to be able to do that as a backup to Bader.
One of those numbers _ either years or money _ won't be as high.
I love Neil Walker. Not too good a glove man anywhere and the Cardinals already have one of those in Martinez. Walker doesn't play shortstop either.
The FO would have to move on, in all likelihood.
None seems to have worked out here.
I guess the best answer is that the skill sets are different in the NBA and NFL where size and speed matter a lot more. The baseball skills are more intrinsic and variable and, unlike the other team sports, there isn't another performer throwing something 95 miles an hour at them. Other than, of course, a hockey goaltender.
Could have worked. I don't think the Cardinals wanted to give two-years plus to two relievers, given their track recent track record. Plus, in this division, they really need more help from the left side in Miller.
There's room for four good outfielders. The Cardinals, however, have very little lefthanded hitting (Fowler bats more often from that side) and they would like to preserve some sort of balance between left and right.
If the Cubs had some expectation they would be getting something from Yu Darvish and if Brandon Morrow would give them most of a season, it would be different. But, unless they do something meaningful between now and the start of the season, it would be hard to call them the divisional favorite. And, as some have forgotten, they didn't win last year either. The front office is on the clock, the way I see it.
I would say that Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb probably deserved 100 percent. But this is a rare category. You can debate the best player of all time and the best pitcher. But there is no debate about the best closer and that's why Rivera was the best bet for 100 percent. I don't think Jeter will even get 100 next year because there is at least some doubt if he was the best all-time at his position
Ozunz will be playing for a big contract as a potential free agent but the Cardinals surely are having some doubts if they will be in the investing pool for him.
I'm guessing that the majority of the voters is saying that Bonds and Clemens were supreme players without any supplemental help and that Sosa was not at their level.
Bad arm mostly. He had all sorts of injuries last year but the arm never really responded.
I have pushed this idea at the highest levels and received little positive feedback that it would happen.
Ozuna would not seem to be a top priority for a long-term deal here, at least not as much as Goldschmidt. O'Neill would be the backup plan. Martinez is seen as an extra player.
This is good discussion topic although the Cardinals are confident the system has developed enough top-flight, All-Star arms in Flaherty, Hudson, Hicks and, hopefully Reyes. Plus C. Martinez already being here. Not so much from the position-player side.
The team says it has to receive benefit from Reyes this season and is not willing to chalk up a third consecutive "lost" season. He won't be here anymore if he can't pitch here this year.