Oh he will get huge money. His '17 numbers would have gotten him super-huge money. His merely good '18 numbers are likely worth the $13.5 million. History tells us that last arbitration year is quite good to the players.
The Cardinals still develop more young pitching that other teams. They aren't far off on position players. What they won't do is tank-and-rebuild -- and don't expect DeWitt to make THAT adjustment unless most of his young pitchers get hurt all at once.
What Mozeliak really, really needs is Gorman and/or Montero to hit big. Then the new talent core will be ready to replace the old one, which is on its last legs.
I believe season ticket holders will evaluate the team as whole -- the stronger finish, for instance, and the peppier play under Shildt. And the promise of the pitching. I'd be surprised if this team makes a signing so huge that it will move the bar for folks. I would be pleasantly surprised by a move as big as the Ozuna trade last winter.
Yes, there is a crime problem in St. Louis. Most of the city's problems are well away from downtown, but murder-filled weekends have become a reality and people notice. This is not new, but when I talk to fans it is real.
I believe MLS has sent positive signals to the STL. I don't know that the Taylors were given any guarantees, but they are aware their sort of money -- REAL money -- gets the league's interest. These people can make the stadium happen and getting stadium deals has been problematic in markets beside this one.
I don't want to hazard a guess on that. Knee repairs vary widely and recoveries are all over the map. And like with any injury, sometimes the unexpected happens -- like Wacha never really healing this year.
The Cards control him through the 2023 season, so his next contract is a lifetime away. Starters tend to be more valuable, but an elite reliever is getting paid. I would keep him in the rotation myself because the closer role may fade as teams try to build deeper relief corps with several guys able to work high-leverage scenarios. The Cards could plug several of their young pitchers into such roles and mix in some veterans.
The Earth will tilt off its axis.
Winnipeg is more fun to watch. They just go with lots and lots of talent. I'd expect more back-and-forth action with that game.
Again, sports medicine cane be inexact. I'm not smart enough to second-guess the handling of his shoulder. Clearly this did not play out like either the team or player wanted. I expect Ozuna to be healthy next season because tens of millions of dollars will be at stake.
If Fowler is 2017 Fowler, then O'Neill is a part-time player unless somebody else gets hurt. And there is no guarantee that he will be the guy if Fowler stays his '18 course. He is in the mix, yes, but he like the parade of promising outfielders that came before him and some guys lining up behind him. If he gets his chance and he hits consistently, he could earn a job. If he hits in streaks like Grichuk, then eventually the next guy will get his chance.
OK, that's it for this week. We'll see you next time. Thanks!