I'm guess any ask would start with Flaherty and continue with either Hicks or Hudson.
As I noted last week, I don't know what (if any) transition plan is in place. Passing a franchise down through the family can be difficult.
Talk about a trade that hurts both teams. Tulowitzki and Martin will make $40 million next season and it's hard to imagine either having a role with the Cards. So Mozeliak laughs at that.
Cano makes $24 million per year forever. Why would the Cards have any interest in that?
Sure, if it went badly. Ty Wigginton . . . those were good times.
I like their chances. They look closer to where they need to be.
Player stock changes daily among the kids. Blais and Kyrou will be in danger because Barbashev has shown some potential in a fourth-line role and the Blues would rather develop Blais and Kyrou at the minor-league level as offensive players rather than have them play limited roles at this level..
The Yankees showed interest this season, but I'm not sure if they saw anything for him beyond this summer. I haven't seen much speculation on him since Cleveland's exit.
No Pujols? So let's go with the other two members of the MV3, Edmonds and Rolen. Give men Chris Carpenter in his Game 5/Philadelphia prime.
But remember when the Cards offered Flaherty for one year of the soon-to-be-hobbled Donaldson?
Coaches are always on the front lines for criticism, since they are responsible for day-to-day success. GMs manage the big picture and have a much bigger cushion. Also, Armstrong is widely regarded as one of the NHL's top GMs.
We expect a season-in-review presser Tuesday.
The Cards have drafted a lot of college pitchers and they tend to transition more readily and easily to the pro game than college hitters. And it is difficult to find truly special hitting prospects down in the draft.
Yeah, fair enough. The Cards like to develop their own talent, but, again, it's tough to find special players down in the draft. And finding special players on the middle free agent shelf is also tough. But . . . the only way to get the few elite free agents that ever hit market is to guarantee them giant dollars into their twilight years AND give them an opt-out in their prime. Teams have to assume all the risk. Miss on one of the top guys and you can really hamstring your operation. Look at some of the dollars the Giants have on their books. That is a mess out there.
Neither player was signed to be an impact reliever in the STL. The problem was with guys that WERE signed to fill big roles, notably Holland and (earlier) Cecil.
If he was that bad, the Cards would stack up all those winning seasons on his watch. In his entire run as GM, how many weeks were the Cards NOT in the playoff hunt?
Tough case there. Did he play here long enough for that honor? Also, did the bad ending factor in that?
I don't believe the Cards are counting on a winter signing to become a big marketing boon. Their model is their model. The sell, if there is one, is Flaherty, Hicks, Hudson, Reyes, Bader, et al as the new team core.
I spend zero time parsing Cardinals Hall of Fame candidates, but this team did have a LOT of guys perform at a very high level for a relatively few years. The team's HOF is meant for guys like Wainwright.