Bader is the opening -day center fielder. But that doesn't mean O'Neill won't be starting in one of the corner spots or in center field later in the season. Ozuna and Fowler still have boxes to be checked.
You can't eliminate the taxation issue although I'm sure Scott Boras and his deep group of experts could work with the California tax problem, too. The Phillies had the makings of a good team before Harper signed and though he hasn't played in a winning playoff series, I sense he suspects the Phillies might give him that chance. They really haven't improved their pitching much, though. And chances are that at least once in 13 years, the Philles' fans will boo Harper. Like when he doesn't run out a grounder, a tendency which he has displayed.
I think they are of very little effect. The Goldschmidt levels are going to be between $25 and $30 million for from four to six years. At 31 already, he is considerably older than the others of which you speak.
Never say never. His arm doesn't hurt and they can't trade him. So they try to work it out somehow. At least for now.
First, Bing Devine never touched a drop in his life. Can't say the same for Gussie. Gussie forced the trade of Carlton over $5,00 to $10,000. Richie Allen for Ted Sizemore wasn't the best deal but Allen wasn't the most dependable sort. And Reggie Smith kind of forced his trade, too. There's always Broglio for Brock.
Most of the minor leaguers haven't even shown up yet. The bulk of the position players report Thursday, so there will be no real games until next week. The highly-thought-of prospects you mention are here but haven't been brought over to play with the big boys.
The players' union typically is not big on concessions. A long time until 2021 when the next labor contract will be negotiated.
I don't know what kind of places to which you refer. There are many great restaurants, not as many places to stay.
You may not have Ozuna or Fowler or maybe even Jose Martinez. No need to dash off and make a deal when you don't really know what you need yet.
I concur that you need strong backups everywhere. I also believe Edmundo Sosa might be a big-league shortstop. But that is a position that doesn't have a lot of depth at the top levels. Catcher certainly is a most worrisome position even with Wieters here. At least until Knizner is ready next year.
The tipoff here is that Houston isn't interested. And the Astros still are short on veteran starting pitching. Are there some medicals that don't add up?
Fowler is a sensitive man. But mentally fragile I don't buy. You couldn't be in the major leagues at any level if you were mentally fragile.
A little early for that. Ozuna hasn't had a hit before today and he isn't going anywhere. Bader has the job until he absolutely doesn't hit at all.
The owners aren't going to go for 27 players, maybe 26. I would like to see more teams have fewer pitchers. You don't need 13, especially if that silly rule of having to face three batters gets passed. There then would be no lefthanded specialists anymore.
He's OK, just bruised. Won't play until the weekend probably but will hit before then.
And thank you. I'll keep your critique in mind although I hadn't noticed that increase.
Those Tasty Cakes and cheesesteaks take up a lot of room.
Everything is on the table. Much depends on Martinez. Somewhat less depends on Reyes. How soon will be either be ready? And as what?
You'd have to have Munoz or Robinson in there if there were only 12 pitchers.
All this will come out in the wash. But Mo and the front office want Martinez to start. That's what they paid him to do and that's what Martinez wants to do. Now, if he can't do that, maybe he could relieve. But how often a week could he pitch then? Several questions, fewer answers at this point.