The Cardinals have done some of that already, dealing for some high-upside guys earlier in their development to stockpile longer-term prospects while eliminating some nearer-term clutter. And the stopgap third base move has merit too. Mozeliak would nod approvingly at this post.
Fair enough. If ever there was a guy to go "all in" on it's Arenado, if Colorado can't keep him. In a year the Cardinals will have clarity on Fowler, Bader, O'Neill and Adolis Garcia and the team will know if can and should buck up to keep Ozuna out of the market. This team will also know more, for better or worse, about the young pitching too. So there is merit to this take.
I agree about the B Level free agent grabs not working, but, again, I am not on the Harper bandwagon. It keeps circling the P-D offices and I keep waving.
OK, but where does Brantley play?
That is a no-brainer for both sides. Good for Clayton, staying put, and good for the Dodgers for taking care of a cornerstone player who battles his guts out.
Agreed, for the reasons previous outlined.
Donaldson will never agree to such a deal unless he has no choice. Wainwright took such a deal because he wanted to keep pitching and he wanted to finish his career here. Donaldson should have a lot more leverage than that in the market.
O'Neill can play some center field, so he's hit. His ability to play there is key. Yes, he could get some ABs there should he hit for more consistent contact and should Bader scuffle.
As bad as that call was on Mizzou, I don't see pass interference ever falling into replay review. What's next, coaches demanding replay reviews of missed holding calls the other way? I wouldn't take replay much further than it already is.
I would pick an emerging head coach at a lower level, as Purdue did to get Jeff Brohm. Hiring another assistant coach without extensive head coaching experience isn't appealing. There is so much much building to do. This is not like walking into Georgia or Tennessee with big revenues and the machinery in place. I have not looked into what such a list looks like. I'd love to see Odom make it work because he bleeds black and gold and he as committed to this as much as any person could ever be to anything.
Who is big on Fowler at this point? Great guy, but that season was awful and somehow it was Mike Matheny's fault.
Yeah, that town is a bit tough. Ask Mike Schmidt about that. But money talks and that market does offer big-time amenities.
That has come up before. But, again, why would Seattle want that? The market is flooded with outfielders, but third basemen, even guys coming off injuries or bad seasons, are in shorter supply.
Probably not on Day 1 of the season, but it could happen in time. If Tyler hits well and Fowler goes away one way or another, then he could emerge this season. Now, if Mozeliak finds a way to get rid of Fowler and even some of his contract this winter -- which would be remarkable -- then perhaps the team could add a guy who could block O'Neill.
Hey, Albert Pujols was no picnic either -- although he could also do amazing things, such as stopping by to roll a few balls at a CYC girls soccer team bowling party as a nod to one of the dads he knew. I believe it's evident in coverage which guys are media-friendly and which guys are not. Probably the most difficult subject these days is Vladimir Tarasenko, but he's been far more chatty this season after spending all summer in the STL. He is more comfortable with his English and his role with the franchise.
Life goes on. Unless the team collapses totally and misses the mark by 15 or 20 games, I would not expect a massive shake-up. Bill DeWitt Jr. values continuity. He doesn't enjoy losing, but will draw his own conclusions about the team and respond rationally.
Obviously Arenado is the star of the potential '19 class, but I don't the Cardinals holding back this time for any reason other than they always shop with some care. They have been willing to overpay guys. Sometimes guys took the money, sometimes they took less to go elsewhere, sometimes targets got more money elsewhere. I don't see this operation ever getting less careful about its shopping.
I noted earlier my gamplan for improvement this season. Add the one bat, as you mention, but seriously upgrade the bullpen and maintain the starting pitching stockpile that other organizations marvel at. A lot went wrong for this team and it barely missed the playoffs, so it's not like fans are looking at the San Diego Padres here.