Try all you want, but you will not sell Bill DeWitt Jr. on deliberate losing. That will be the absolutely final resort for him.
Boras has no trouble saying no. His initial asking price will be so astronomical that MLB executives would drop dead of heart attacks if the Cards made a crazy preemptive bid. Harper hasn't said much about where he wants to end up, so everybody is just guessing about that issue.
NBA. There is a worthy venue in place. Not so in football.
Yeo is stuck because he is under intense pressure to win, so doing the same thing again and again isn't appealing to him. But then again, how else can he build chemistry with all these new guys? The defense has been a big disappointment, but I still consider it a team strength.
At some point a guy has to realize that hitting .170 is going to catch up to you. It's not like he was playing once a week.
This assumes that Arizona wants to trade Goldschmidt. That would be great if that team did that, but, like I said, the team's next move should be to fold.
He has made several trades with prospects, most recently moving Piscotty, Gonzales, Sierra, Alcantara and Mercado the last two years. Those were five of his top prospects and obviously he has traded others as well.
If he is healthy and throwing well, yes. If not, no.
Machado can't really play shortstop and his playoff antics make you wonder about the guy. As for alternatives, I don't really have one that is tremendously compelling. I'm waiting for Mozeliak to surprise me.
That is a longest of long shots.
There are been some umpires surveys from time to time. I'd Google that and see what turns up.
But if all three guys performed at a high level, then is that still a bad thing?: I would be stunned if it happened that way, but this is about getting better production, not just new faces.
Maybe Melancon, if somebody convinced me he had any arm left.
I have only glanced at few stories about emerging coaches but I have no opinion. We all might be looking at the stuff harder if Mizzou doesn't stage a big second-half push.
The team can afford Harper. It's the last four or five years of that 10-year deal that would be concerning. The dead money risk is huge.
No idea. I assume every team needs pitching and every team loves Jack Flaherty.
Several elite pitching prospects might get it done.
Some fans grade the team management effort, but it's not oversimplifying things to say how the team actually plays is more important. If Tyler O'Neill hits 40 homers, the fact the team didn't land Bryce Harper will be forgotten by most. (This is not to say that Tyler has any realistic chance of doing that.)
I can't see why San Diego would take even one penny of Fowler's contract.
I think we all know what happened with the NFL and the Rams. This legal action just reaffirms it -- and I don't think the NFL cares how it makes the league look. It got what it wanted. If we're mad here, so what.
That means something to him. But he also likes the 11 consecutive winning seasons and resulting ticket sales. Consistency is paramount to him.
The man has played a lot of baseball and suffered his share of bumps. Maybe he would be fine in his 30s or maybe he would be like most MLB players in the Post-HGH Era.
He has those three years at $22.5 million down the road. But his power/speed combo was appealing until last year -- when he was still much better than Fowler.
No opinion. And on that empty note, I bid adieu. See you next week!