Since we're talking about potentially $300 million or more, yes, that includes Harper.
On his assist, he knew he was going to take a hit along the wall and he got there anyway. And you have to love the burst he demonstrated getting a clean break in. He is one more reason why the Blues have twice as many offensive weapons up front as most NHL teams.
Anything is possible, since he has multiplied the value of the franchise at least five-fold since taking control. Everything has a price, right? But I'd be surprised, given how engaged he is with the day-to-day baseball operation and given the unfinished business he has with Ballpark Village.
I don't see the motivation to even come in second on Bryce Harper. Unlike some of my P-D colleagues, I just don't see the Harper fit here. Build a bulletproof bullpen, find more offensive heft for third base, stack starting pitching on top of starting pitching, eat Fowler's contract if doesn't bounce back in the spring and go from there. That would be my plan.
How about Sunny? I'm with you, I would rather see Barbashev in the mix than Sundqvist, but Oskar came up huge. He is a big guy who moves OK and now that he has demonstrated some touch, he muscles himself into the discussion. Soshnikov is another asset, since he is a crazed forechecker. This depth will come in handy when the Blues run into tougher schedule stretches with lots of back-to-back games. Nagging injuries will ensue and Mike Yeo will have options.
Carpenter might survive in left field, given his arm, but I can't imagine a scenario where the Cardinals sign Donaldson AND trade for Goldschmidt AND decide Carpenter is an outfielder. I can't imagine a scenario where Arizona trades Goldschmidt, but I suppose the D-Backs could always go the tank-and-rebound route and lose deliberately for five years.
Sure, here's the scenario: Ozuna hits like he did in '17. Fowler hits like he did in '17, DeJong and Molina avoid long-term injuries, Wong doesn't suffer 23 muscle strains, the Cardinals roll out the NL's best five-man starting rotation and Mozeliak finally assembles a bullpen full of high-leverage options.
Yes. One, I don't know that any team is willing to spend a good asset to get him. Two, he offers Dexter Fowler insurance, he is inexpensive and he performs well in a part-time role -- which is a big deal. David Freese does the same thing and that is helping him extend his career.
I understand the love of better infield defense, but this team would have to upgrade offense elsewhere to be able to stick a light hitter in the No. 8 spot. And DeJong's offense is fine for a shortstop, but it is ordinary for a third baseman. Throw in the fact we're not sure what Harrison Bader really is offensively in center field and you are really taking an offensive risk.
Since Cecil is getting paid, I'd certainly give him every chance to come back and perform. But like I said, a worth season goal is to build a bullpen where every single reliever can go into a high-leverage situation. Given the wealth of pitching already in place and the depth of the free-agent relief market, there is no excuse to start the season with guys relegated to mere mop-up duty.
Well, he can't build endurance and prove endurance, then he shouldn't be a pitcher.
Great, but Mizzou is in the SEC, not the Big 12, and the SEC is good at all sports. A terrible football team drastically decreases athletic department revenue, cuts budgets of the non-revenue sports teams and helps plunge the entire department into the abyss. Abject football failure is not an option in the SEC.
This was a service time beef dating back to 2016. I presume Marco argues that he was injured when he was demoted to the minors, thus costing him big league service time that would have moved him closer to arbitration eligibility. He had enough of a case to beat some decent pre-arbitration coin from the Mariners.
Dozier is a power-hitter who plays every day. Garcia is a guy who plays once in a while and draws walks. So, yes, that would be an upgrade -- but it's fair to assume that Dozier still wants to play regularly and get paid accordingly.
Rosenthal faltered big time as a closer due to his lost command. Now how much of that was the elbow injury that ultimately led to surgery? That is the question teams asked when he hit the market. The Nationals are betting he can get back to the better version of Rosenthal we saw earlier in his career.
I believe that's right. A wild card like San Francisco could come into play. The Giants need to hit the reset button and try to infuse more youth into their mix. This would be a costly way to do that and that team already has payroll challenges. Maybe another team comes out of left field, so to speak, to drive up the price. With agent Scott Boras, one learns to expect the unexpected.
As Mozeliak says, Martinez's best chance to play a lot is likely elsewhere as a DH. But he is a productive part-time at low cost here, so there is no rush to trade him. If another team offers a nice asset for him, great, but otherwise he offers inexpensive insurance.
Seeking a third baseman is far more likely. Mozeliak won't rule out playing Carpenter at third, but for obvious reasons that is not his first, second or third choice.
Those projections are useless because the team will change. But, yes, any projections that include Fowler are likely to be depress fans. As for Zimmermann, he has $50 million coming to him the next two season, he has been awful on the mound, he underwent core muscle surgery this offseason and he has some no-trade protection. Zimmermann was less terrible last season than in '16, so perhaps the best Tiger play is to keep him and hope he pitches well enough to move to a contender next summer for prospects while eating some contract. Why would the Tigers want Fowler?