Michael Brantley? Big injury history, in his 30s, his production at '17 Fowler levels . . . no thanks.
My beloved Sports Pickle went away, sadly. The Kicker quit doing stuff too. And the Onion became sporadic on sports. It got to be a barrel scrape to find decent links. But at your request, I will revisit that..
Arenado would be a rental player. I assume Colorado will empty the vault to keep him. Get past him and we're looking at older options like Donaldson and Moustakas at third base in free agency.
I assume Mozeliak is already working on filling his biggest needs, third base and left-side relief. The Harper dream shouldn't impact that. You're right, I can see Boras using the whole offseason to get his $350 million or whatever for Harper.
Yes, ,corner infield should be the top offensive priority.
Come on, respect your elders. Peter was the original baseball insider, just a marvel to watch in his heyday. He knows everybody. Loves to work it. Back in the day, GMs would track him down to give him scoops because he could dish intel back to them. Just a terrific guy as well.
Even with a rag arm, Ozuna is a decent offensive producer. The Cards have had worse left fielders.
Bryant is exactly what this team needs. Ah, but how could the Cubs bear to send him here, even for quality pitching in return?
Yeah, this was not a terrible team on paper. Some regression from Ozuna and Pham was natural, but not THAT much. And Fowler's long, painful offensive death scarred the fan base forced to watch it night after night. It's amazing this team got back into the race, given all that happened.
That is not an unrealistic statement, for the reasons I touched on before. Everybody knew the stakes coming in. This team needed a strong start and the opposite occurred.
Yes, but please don't if he wants to finish the job he started here back in the late 1960s.
When players consider a free agent offer, they look at money, geography, quality of the team and field staff, money, tax rates, stadium/atmosphere, money, real estate and cost of living, ownership commitment to sustained success, money, market amenities, money, franchise tradition . . . and money, Players rely on their agencies to thoroughly analyze all of those factors. They want to be courted, true, but will gather a LOT of independent analyst rather than simply relying on the sales pitch to make the decision.
Carpenter can play right field as well as another .300 hitter, Jose Martinez. But his numbers at either third or first are fine, so why bother?
As a tough as this start is, Pietrangelo is a HUGE asset. Defensemen are precious. This team is loaded up front and teams aren't looking to trade great goaltenders, so unless the Blues somehow get into bailout mode I would be surprised if Armstrong ever moved him.
Disappointment for Cards fans! I see at least one notable trade, likely to address the corner infield. And, of course, another trip into the treacherous lefty relief market. The two Bens are pushing for Harper and that would be big fun for a change, but I can't repress my skepticism.
We'll see where he is mentally and physically in February. The team can't fire Matheny again, so it will be on him to prove that '18 was just one really bad season. No excuses this spring.
That is a great point that always applies to internal replacements. Now, Yeo did get results taking over from Hitchcock initially and Shildt had initial success after Matheny. But that is a valid point.
That would be sad. Albert deserves his bow here. Can you imagine the festivities?
Goldschmidt would be another dream addition, but if that team trades him it might as well fold. I know some rebuild is in order, but come on. Every team rakes in enough MLB-wide revenue to afford a franchise-caliber player.