It doesn't appear as if he is any trouble at this point, but nobody is quite sure when the hammer will fall or whom.
Agents get different percentages on contracts, depending in large part on what other money management services their firms provide to the players besides just negotiating a contract. How the agents are paid more likely is between player and agent, with the club not involved in that end of it, per se.
They could use a lefthanded-hitting outfielder, either as a starter or as a reserve. Otherwise, they are presuming that many players who had "off" years, which covers everybody but Wong, does better this time and that they find a suitable cleanup hitter, whether it's DeJong, or someone else, to hit behind Goldschmidt.
I could see moves made at that level but Joc Pedersen strikes out a whole bunch and we already have enough of that.
I have little doubt that Simmons would go into the Hall as a Cardinal. Eleven full seasons here to five for Milwaukee. Lee Smith had seven seasons with the Cubs but his four with the Cardinals were his best and, yet, it was suggested strongly that he go in as a Cub. Do not worry about the delay. Simba will be a Cardinal.
Jupiter is looking pretty good every year about this time but, yes, now would be a good time to go there _ if you could get there. You're welcome.
The greatest harm to the game was in expanding to two places in Florida where baseball didn't need to go. Both the Tampa and Miami franchises are of the albratross quality. There should have been one team in Florida, in Orlando, where people go to summer vacation much more often than they do to Tampa or Miami, which are winter vacation spots.
I don't worry about it until another month from now but the cleanup issue has to be addressed. Ozuna still is out there but the Cardinals don't have interest if his demand is for more than three years and probably if it is for more than two. Let's give this another 30 days before we start wringing our hands.
I would like to see Thomas and Arozarena get their chances this spring, as well as to observe how far away Dylan Carlson could be. That doesn't give you a cleanup hitter but there might be more talent here than some might suspect.
I don't see there having been much Cardinal interest in a declining Kluber, who was hurt for much of last year.
Arenado would answer a lot of questions. Not sure the Cardinals have the player glue to offer to make this thing stick.
I don't think I want to see a prospective acquisition be injured for a year for two, but Ryu would help anybody. He is not young nor has he been all that durable but he was at the top of his game this year and he is lefthanded. What would happen to Martinez's desire to start amid such a scenario is an issue. At his best _ and happiest _ he has been as good or better than Ryu through their careers.
Plus he can have spring training in the desert, where he has trained for the past decade
Maybe a little higher than 'C' on trades but free agency grade isn't that far off when you look at recent years _ Cecil, Gregerson, Leake, Fowler, Miller although Mikolas gave them a huge year in 2018.
As long as he's still out there, he's not gone. But I have to think somebody will give Ozuna three or more years averaging $16 or $17 million a year or more.
That's about right. I think Cabrera is on there, not sure about Junior Fernandez and, of course, Reyes, on whom I refuse to put any expectations. And, yes, there is always Cecil.
Everybody likes young pitching but the Dodgers might take a righthanded-hitting outfielder off the Cardinals' hands, and the Cardinals have a whole cadre of those in Bader, Arozarena, Adolis Garcia. O'Neill and Thomas.
It's mid-December yet, as if you couldn't tell. My advice is for anyone not to get his or her knickers in an uproar until a month or so from now.