I do believe that Barry survives in that scenario. As Dave Matter noted in his chat, others in the industry note Mizzou's low coaching payroll, its low attendance, its heavy SEC competition and its so-so recent history and wonder what reasonable expectations for this program really are. Having said that, if Odom survives but fails to land a terrific graduate transfer quarterback, then he could be doomed to replacement after the 2019 season. It's hard to envision great things for next year's team at this point.
Well, he should say "Thank goodness I finally fired Jeff Fisher." The move had little to do with it. Hiring a competent coach had plenty to do with it. Maybe the beach helped with some free agents, but to me this is all about the coaching change.
Again, I'll side with what Dave said in his chat. I am empathetic to the mid-major schools that lose top kids to the power schools. But when a team fires a coach, it should not block the transfers from playing elsewhere. Since the new coach (or any coach) can pull a kid's scholarship, I am in favor of letting kids play immediately after transferring following a coaching change. I am not on board for with complete transfer free agency, since schools need some protection for all the time and money they put into kids that end up leaving.
None of those guys were really high draft picks, like all the really high Edmonton picks who failed to elevate that team. Oshie and Perron have had very nice careers. Berglund can viewed as a disappointment, since peaked early was merely solid as his career moved along. None of the current prospects were really high picks either. If Robert Thomas, Klim Kostin and Dominik Bokk ultimately rise to Oshie level, I believe the Blues are good with that. The team hopes that Jordan Kyrou can be even more than Perron, rising to the level of Brock Boeser (Canucks) and Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks).
Sure, Mozeliak is well-aware of that. That is why the Cardinals set their own valuations for players and try to stick as close to that as possible. The key for this team is Bill DeWitt Jr. knows what he is doing. Boras has done is best work getting to owners who don't know any better. He's never going to snow DeWitt. That's not to say the Cardinals can't do business with him, because obviously they have.
I believe Big Serge is more than happy back home in Quebec. It's amazing how many Blues alums got into broadcasting. Tyson Nash in Arizona is another. Bret Hedican is another.
I don't see a huge disconnect between the GM's vision and the coach's vision. I'd like to see Robert Thomas either play regularly here or return to junior hockey to further his development. I'm sure Armstrong isn't thrilled to see a key asset sitting idle as a healthy scratch. So I'll give you that. One discussion point remains: What should the Blues do with the fourth line? Should this be a classic energy line to check or more of an offensive line? Thursday Fabbri and Thomas were there and their collaboration with Oskar Sundqvist produced two goals. Fabbri and Thomas can both check and Sundqvist has become a checker by trade, so that line offered both offensive punch and the ability to hassle the opponent in its end of the ice, It was good to see them get shifts in the third period. At times Yeo may go with more of a checking line with Soshnikov and Barbashev in there with Sundqvist, but that fourth line could end up playing less while one or two of the top three lines got extra work. This team is build to lean on teams offensively and its scored 24 goals in its last five games while going 3-1-1.
At Donaldson's age, a team is just guessing. The Cardinals have coveted him in the past so that makes the front office more likely to look past the recent injury issue. But, again, the metrics don't lie. Players in their 30s fade. They just do. So if this team commits real money to Josh, that will take a leap of faith.
The idea is to win games and get into the playoffs, not add a player to put on a show like Mark McGwire did for some mediocre Cardinals teams. Mozeliak admits that its easier to build a winner with a Pujols-type player. If he can do that while filling a team need and building a deep, well-rounded roster with playoff race staying power, great. Making such a purchase in the open market and having it work wonders for the team is nearly impossible, so Mozeliak knows the real solution is to develop another Pujols, Jim Edmonds or Scott Rolen.
Just getting to the big leagues was a big deal for Patrick Wisdom. Not quite worth a movie, but it was a heck of a story.
Well, since Arenado becomes a free agent in one year, he would be a rental trade. Presumably the Rockies would listen to an offer if the team felt it had no chance to retain him. Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson would likely be among the players Colorado would love to get for one year of Arenado. But why would the Cardinals make such a trade unless he agreed to an extension? And if he won't do that in Colorado, why would he do that here?
He is not hurt. He and Schenn had their moments Thursday but didn't quite click. They are two of the players that have more to give as the Blues try to gain traction and move past their slow start.
No. Matt Carpenter simply cannot hit anywhere but leadoff. He absolutely, positively cannot do that. So Matt bats first and Schildt must figure out the rest, hopefully, in his view, with the addition of another legit hitter for the middle of the order.
Once again, Bill DeWitt Jr. nods approvingly.
The SEC is amazing this season. If this team can improve on they fly and win 17 or 18 games overall that will be quite a deal for Cuonzo. He needs to get points from Mark and Mitchell Smith with Jontay Porter out. Even before Porter's demise, he was going to need Jeremiah Tilmon to become a high-end collegiate center and Jordan Geist to become a more reliable ballhandler. Getting Mark Smith eligible takes pressure off freshman guard Torrence Watson and gave the Tigers hope of getting to the high side of .500.
Dumping Fowler would tell other free agents if they come here, fail horribly and then try to blame your abject failure on the manager for only playing you most of the time instead of all of the time, then you might get dumped. Most free agents don't plan on failing, but they all understand the value of guaranteed contracts. One way or another, Fowler will keep getting those direct deposits into his bank. This is not the NFL where few contracts are fully guaranteed and getting dumped hurts much, much more.
The news comes out one way or another, such as Francisco Pena getting dumped from the 40-man roster and tossed into the marketplace. I would expect other 40-man roster trims as well.
Exactly. So unless a team offers a nice asset for him, there is no reason to move him. All he does is hit.
I like Pollock, but beyond Fowler there is the power-hitting O'Neill, the .300 hitting Martinez plus Adolis Garcia with untapped potential. I don't understand all of these proposals to add mid-level outfielders.
Do they have the finances to eat Dexter Fowler's $50 million and pay Harper more than $300 million and also play Donaldson and also fill their glaring need for a couple of high-end relievers? Now you're stretching.