That would be too much to give in the first place. Bumgarner, through various injuries, isn't what he used to be and can be a free agent at the end of the season. Martinez is under control for three to five more years. . Assuming, of course, he is really ever under control.
Again, I care very little about the 2019 off-season right now. But Arenado is a better all-round player than Harper, plain and simple, and I would pursue him although the Cardinals have two top third basemen coming through the minors.
He won 203 games. But he also lost just 105, for a remarkable winning percentage. He was the best in both leagues at different parts of his career. Would he have been a first-ballot choice if he hadn't died about 15 months ago? Maybe not, but he would have made it on his second try.
We won't really know about his "program" until he shows up for spring training. But, as a potential free agent, be sure that Ozuna will hope to be in the best shape he's been in in several years. That doesn't mean he will be but there's a long time until the first game on March 28.
Goldschmidt and Andrew Miller? Seems as if they've been trying. They're not required to give all their money away to other players if they don't think those deals are worth it.
I have not seen that either. Plus, Schoop still is with the Brewers, I believe.
Correction. Schoop is with Minnesota. But I'm not aware of any such ad.
Probably his value would go up but so would his price tag. He would be arbitration eligible and the Cardinals aren't likely to keep him as an extra player at high numbers.
If Molina is injured, Knizner will have to show he's ready. The Cardinals traded Kelly, thinking that Knizner is next in line.
I rather thought that Goldschmidt was that "one more big bat." But you're welcome to your opinion on that and the other items. You could be proven right on the second and third of those thoughts although the club doesn't look at it that way right now.
Ozuna is to be commended for trying to play through his injury last season although, in retrospect, he should have been shut down earlier, as witness his strong finish. He may well be getting good treatment this off-season but he has been in the D.R. for a good bit and nobody really knows what's happening there. Ergo, the doubt in management's mind.
Yes, al it would take is money, just more than half a billion dollars.
Knizner will get plenty of time in the spring, especially with Molina coming off knee surgery.
Kenny already is in the Cardinals' Hall of Fame because his number is retired.
I'm not ready to promote Fowler higher in the lineup unless he shows that he can hit and get on base. Molina did have 20 home runs and 74 RBIs despite missing more than a month last year. Check out Goldschmidt's numbers when he hit second for Arizona in 2018. In 47 games, he hit 17 homers, drove in 40 runs, batted .349 and had an OPS of 1.104. Worth a try, eh?
Let's wait until we see how Goldschmidt and Ozuna do this year. For one thing, Mo's acquisitions of relief pitchers haven't been good. But he flat-out stole Miles Mikolas. I guess until we see October baseball, the last three seasons are about a C or C plus but this will be the pivotal year.
I have not voted for Bonds or Clemens. But if they get in the Hall, I will accept it as long as their transgressions or perceived transgressions are addressed on their plaques.
He was poor at shortstop but I think he would be good at third base or center field if used on a regular basis. He is only 24 and both his bat and speed play.