OK, good luck getting equal value when you trade an elite player while the team is tanking and other teams are looking to exploit you. You don't see a lot of talent-for-talent trades. Usually it's teams moving talent in tank-and-rebuild mode or moving guys with expiring deals. How many guys have scored more goals than Tarasenko the previous four years? One. So good luck getting equal value. Even competent defensemen are tough to come by and you want to deal Pietrangelo and Parayko in their prime? You better get two high-end, prime-age defenders in return. .Again, good luck with that.
O'Reilly just got here and what's he won? I like him as a player, but I don't see the magic wand there. Like the other veterans, O'Reilly has every chance to lead by example on the ice. Let's see if he does it. He doesn't need a letter to do that.
Would you pay for the hospitalization for the guys who collapsed trying to play at the current NHL pace? There is a lot of "want to" with the alums, but could they ever get within arm's reach of the current players.
We are in crisis mode! No cheering up!
Said Player A, checking his watch . . .
Face of the franchise? No. Lots of good players on the team and in development, but nobody rises to that level. Yet.
The Reds will always need pitching, so they would ask for Flaherty and others. I had Votto on my fantasy team last year and he was of little use. He somehow lost power hitting in that ballpark. I'd pass on that. This team needs middle-of-the-order heft, not another guy drawing walks.
Ah, the Nick Stavinoha move. Like Nick, Wisdom did a nice job filling in at the MLB level. Like Nick he got stuck in Triple-A. Like Nick, he has power. Like Nick, he is looking to make some real money for a change and more time in Triple-A doesn't appeal to him. Hence the Japan chatter.
That's nonsense. The Blackhawks had a mini-dynasty without a trained killer. The Kings did the same. Same for the Penguins. They acquired Reaves to :"protect" Crosby and quickly realized that was an outdated concept.
I'd say the latter, not focused and committed shift after shift after shift,
Shildt will have lots of input because he has to be comfortable with anybody coming in. The team is looking outside for one of the positions while also trying to reward Stubby Clapp.
Given all the other issues the Cubs have, I see that team picking up the option to avoid creating a new problem. As for the Cards, they have, like, 11 starters. They could more experience and balance, but perhaps such a move would depend on them spending some pitching to get an impact hitter.
Ozuna is an issue because he didn't come to spring training healthy and that impacted his play all season. Britton would upgrade the bullpen, yes. Gomber? Betting on him to be a lefty specialist is dicey. He needs better command and sharper stuff. To me he is a long reliever or depth starter, but he might get the chance to prove otherwise.
I believe he is already seeing red. The man loves his pucks. What he has seen thus far has been most upsetting.
This team needs to be 10 victories better next season. So status quo is nowhere good enough. Gyorko is a handy guy, but the team needs more pop at third base. And we've discussed Martinez's trade value relative to the offensive protection he could provide here.
For a rental player? No way. If he is willing to sign a long-term deal as part of the trade, then some of those pieces would be fine to move for a player of that caliber.
That's a horrrrrrrrrible call. He can leave it to Rammer and the Awesome One to police the A-10 refs.
OK, but then you have to sign Bobrovsky to a giant new deal. You can't deal Parayko for a rental. And when you pay Bob, you believe that he will become a great playoff performer late in his career. Mind you, I like Bobrovsky, but there is danger there.
I would not rule that out. Things are dire.
Dude, do you want to be Jedd's agent? He already has one and he is still under contract to boot.