That's life in the SEC. Mizzou is competing against teams with much larger fan bases, so the Floridas and Tennessees of the SEC East aren't going to stay down for long.
First of all, the primary team-building means for this team has been -- and remains -- build from within. Trades are made to fill needs while spending from surplus. As for mid-level free agents, the front office will continue examining underlying numbers and relying on old-school scouting to decide which guys to spend on. They will use analytics as well as traditional scouting. But the Cards aren't the only team to spend on guys who crash and burn unexpectedly. Guys who rejected them, like Heyward and Price, failed to play to their contracts elsewhere.
In a sense they do, given the huge SEC revenues Mizzou shares in. Alabama contributes far more to that out than our Land Grant Institution.
Well, Keith Morrissey retired to the insurance business a long time ago, so I've got nothing for you.
He has been more of a playmaker for sure, with those 50 assists last season in Vegas standing out. I don't expect to see too many more hat tricks from him this season, but he will earn his keep.
There are so many billionaires these day that I doubt we will ever see a community-owned team. There is a LOT of capital out there. Just ask the Taylor family.
As I've written. I believe giving Adam one more shot is worth a try. But, yes, he could transition into a different role if this doesn't work out. Perhaps this contract will make that transition smoother.
I'll take Harper's aggression out there and forgive the mistakes.
Soccer is huge among the younger folk. To a degree that will be competition, but to a degree this is satisfying a demand not currently being met. Baseball needs to make itself more attractive to young professionals and a MLS team here would make that challenge greater for the Cards.
I could see him trying to fill the fifth starter role while younger arms fill up the bullpen. Baseball is shifting to a relief-driven model, so the Cards would be wise to put more of their pitching resources there.
I've always liked Miller.
Yeah, I would play out the season and then bid on him if he excels. Trying to lock him for more reasonable dollars could make sense, but he and his agent would have to play along. I bet that Ozuna will bet on himself rather than extending his contract after a down season. Ozuna is a nice fit for this team, his bad shoulder aside. The guy loves to play and adds to the chemistry.
There is no one way to do that. Every player has to manage their body and their game. I would agree that not overdoing it in spring training is a good idea for the field staff, as is forcing guys to take days off during the season. But players have different offseason, spring and in-season regimens. Shildt and his staff should proceed with a one-size-does-not-fit-all approach. So much of this is building mutual trust so that the managers and coaches can guide and not dictate.
On a short-term deal, an older guy can make sense. While the aging trend in MLB is clear in the Post-HGH Era, it's not impossible to find helpful players in their 30s. But giving them long-term deals is usually a bad idea.
The Cards could sure use more guys capable of batting .271 and driving in 87 runs. And I believe many Cards fans would appreciate the additional game action that such players could create.
Obviously Big City is not destined for the Cardinals Hall of Fame, so he won't get the same courtesy. As for pulling the plug on Wainwright, I believe he will pull the plug on himself if his elbow fails him again.
Ah, Phil the Thrill. He took a beating as a freshman, both on and off the field. He proved a lot of people wrong -- but he never forgot the rough treatment he got as a kid.
Yeah, they dodged some big bullets and still got wounded badly with Fowler last season. What are the odds that this ends well?