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Mozeliak has the vision to build a World Series contender because he's already done it several times. That said, I do believe Cardinals management should set 100 victories as the new benchmark, to account for the stiff competition from the Cubs and Brewers.
Mozeliak is more focused on upgrading the left side of the bullpen, but my suggestion for 2019 is to construct a bullpen where every reliever is capable of working high-leverage scenarios. Rosenthal could have fit that scenario. He got good money for a guy coming off Tommy John surgery, but the Cardinals have lots of money. To me, he would have been a solid bet. Sure, this team has a surplus of starters and the extras could go to the bullpen scenario I suggest, but still . . .
They were solid. They were each plus-1, with Pietrangelo logging 25:10 in ice time and Bouwmeester playing 19:35. They combined to block nine shots. JayBo failed to clear the puck from the crease on one memorable Vegas goal, but Jake Allen was off to the sound and Pietrangelo was also down and out -- forcing JayBo to battle two Golden Knights for the loose puck. Pietrangelo didn't add much to the offense, sailing his of his trademark slapshots well over the net to waste a clean zone entry, but on balance these two were fine.
In that scenario, I'd roll the dice on Donaldson and keep Gyorko for protection.
The Blues have zero salary cap space, so a big move in goal would be difficult. At some point a Sergei Bobrovsky or Cory Schneider might become more interesting to this team, but I see Jake Allen getting a full shot at this while Ville Husso continues getting tested in the AHL.
We'll go with Roman Turek's Iron Maiden themed masks. Roman loved him some heavy metal music.
Moustakas is a fall-back option at third base, but I can't see the Cardinals investing heavily in an outfielder until the Dexter Fowler situation is resolved, the team decides whether to extend Marcell Ozuna past next season and it learns what it really has with Tyler O'Neill and Adolis Garcia. Investing in an outfielder could make a lot more success in a year. That could change with a trade or two, but I can't imagine any team taking even $12 of Fowler's remaining contract at this point.
I believe so. St. Louis is a prime MLS market and now it has real money behind the quest. The downtown stadium seems to be a go. We could have a definitely answer by the end of the calendar year.
No. I would imagine he will need a months-long throwing program to get into the sort of condition that would interest a big league team. If he is serious about this, he needs to give himself the best possible chance. While there is little doubt he will be able to throw hard enough to interest teams, what about his command (duh!) and durability. There is no telling how many parts of his body could start hurting once he gets deep into this process.
Word is the Cubs aren't as willing to spend as observers assumed a few weeks back. The Hamels play made sense because this team needs to keep up in the arms race, but the need to ditch Smyly's salary speaks to the team's payroll concern. Among the many issues the Cubs have is the onerous Jason Heyward contract. That deal, running until 2023, makes it harder to make budget going forward as Kris Bryant gets into the real money through arbitration and ultimately free agency. So, yes, making a Bryce Harper bid seems less likely that we thought. It appears Cubs would have to dump a lot of payroll to get into that game.
Right now Yairo Munoz is that type of player for the Cardinals, albeit with some questions about his infield defense. Like Gonzalez, he can play everywhere. Munoz is not a switch-hitter, but he hit right-handers well. While Greg Garcia's exit creates a bench opening, I could see the Cardinals seeking more power overall -- perhaps by adding a third baseman and keeping both Munoz and Gyorko in utility roles. Given the financial offset the Cardinals got from the Padres in the Gyorko deal, the team may be more willing to keep him around despite his $13 million salary for '19. But, yes, a versatile player with a proven bat is always welcome, particularly if the new hitting coach is familiar with his work.
I don't understand this whole Brantley thing because this team already has Fowler, O'Neill and Martinez in right field. But I would take Donaldson, Britton and another elite reliever over Harper and a $350 million contract.
Fair enough. He didn't elevate the loaded Nationals team, so there is no guarantee he would transform the Cardinals into something special.
The Blues are 3-1-1 in their last five games with victories over two of the preseason favorites, Toronto and Vegas, and a point against a third contender. Winnipeg. We are getting a glimpse of what the front-line depth can do to teams. Against Vegas, it was two goals from the fourth line, one each for the third and second lines and one from the power play. This team needs to clean up some things in their own zone and get more consistent goaltending. If those things happen, the fact the Blues have twice as many offensive weapons as most NHL team will lead to more consistent success.
Not a bad thought there -- give Donaldson top dollar for one year going in with a chance to opt out for bigger coin if he holds up. It will be interesting to see where his market goes. Last year corner infielders of a certain age got no love in free agency, allowing teams to make some bargain buys.
If that's true, I imagine Mozeliak would be thrilled by the incompetence of his peers. Baseball is awash in outfielders. Even the '17 version of Fowler isn't worth his contract. He is aging, he can't hit at all from the right side and his fielding metrics are terrible. He hit .180 last season and sulked because he didn't get to play more. Only an idiot would want in on that, but, then again, there are a lot of teams that never seem to contend.
Interesting guy. Two arbitration years left. He is coming off a ruined season but he 59 homers in 2016-17. For the right price, he could add a third base option without costing so much that he has to start. Bill DeWitt Jr. likes your thinking, especially the "cheap with two years of control" part.
You have been seeing them in his chat: Donaldson, Britton, Moustakas, we just had Jake Lamb. Just keep thinking relief and third base. I would be surprised by a bigger shake-up, should an opportunity arise to convert the current deep supply of pretty good players into a more special player or two.
He's never hit for high batting averages. Wisdom did finally progress last season at the Triple-A level and he certainly fared well as a fill-in, but the fact he has 2,665 minor league at bats and just 50 big league at bats at age 27 sums it up. With some luck, he could stick in the majors for a few years as an extra player. Playing every day? By now he has been thoroughly evaluated by every MLB organization and I don't sense any team sees that potential in him.
Yes, the team was aware he had a shoulder problem. It's been made clear since then that the team is also concerned he didn't so everything possible to report to spring training at 100 percent. Hence the focus on the shoulder this offseason, starting with the repair.