Sure, because he is a rental player at this point. The Rockies could use a center fielder, so Bader would be at least a middling piece in a trade that would also have to include one of the very best young pitchers along with other parts. But Colorado has a chance to win now and I would expect that team to make an effect to keep Arenado off the market.
Zach Britton would have be for shorter term. And John Mozeliak can't let past failure with such signings scare him off this one, if his people believe the guy has something left.
Of course. But is this team willing to pay Harper to play and Fowler to either sit or go home?
I would agree that adding multiple assets would be preferable to betting on one guy who could get hurt again in the near term and become a drag later in his contract, assuming he doesn't opt out.
The last week, Shildt seemed to be playing Parcheesi instead of chess. (Ask you grandparents.)
Still a pretty good asset, but I can see him needed another extended stay at Memphis to get it together, Lively stuff, but it runs away from him. Reminds me of Joe Kelly who, incidentally, will get paid in this market.
That is an important point, one that a metric like WAR doesn't address. Some guys have an aura and that can lift a group and, like you say, impact the other side.
The Mizzou guards will have to defend a whole lot better and shoot a whole lot better (aside from Mark Smith) than they did against Central Arkansas. Cuonzo Martin wants to run the offense through Jeremiah Tilmon on the post in the Post-Porter Era, so the big fella has to stay on the court again and pass out of the double teams. And if Mitchell Smith is going get big minutes, than he has do a lot more to create matchup problems than he did in Game 1.
Fair point about Harper. He is young, but he has played a LOT of baseball. He plays hard so he gets banged up. His 30 or 31 could look a lot different than 30 or 31 for an outfielder who came through the college ranks with less body stress.
Free agency has been tougher in the thirtysomething crowd the last few years. Might that encourage a player to consider an extension over testing the market? Well, maybe for the right dollars. Look at how teams turned backs on Mike Moustakas after his epic season. Goldschmidt is a several levels higher than Moose, so maybe the inability of J.D, Martinez to get full free agent value is a better example.
Soccer could become a bigger deal soon enough. If the MLS thing happens, that changes everything. That will help FC in the short term building up to the expansion launch.
Scott Boras represents Rendon, too, so Washington's efforts to extend him could be futile. If he goes on the block as a rental player, that would be another option.
That is a reminder not to trade away a bunch of pitching. Last year injuries to Reyes, Martinez, Wacha and Wainwright put a lot of strain on the youngsters. If those guys don't break down this season, then the kids will be fine. The Cardinals will have impressive depth, allowing the team to muscle up in the bullpen. But another run of injuries could cause repeat problems.
This is true. Had the Cardinals not taken a massive hit with long-term injuries this season, they would have at least reached the wild card game. Should management have anticipated losing Reyes, Wainwright, C. Martinez, Wacha, Gregerson, Leone, Molina, DeJong for long stretches? Should they have anticipated massive regression from Fowler and Ozuna and abject failure from Holland and Cecil? Maybe. But that was a lot. While I believe the team needs to set its goal at 100 victories instead of 90, I don't believe the team's philosophy was totally flawed heading into last season.
And, again, it comes down to getting paid.
Joe Kelly? Nah, I think he gets overpaid based on the postseason run. Command has been an issue his whole career. Great guy, but he could be another 4.00 ERA waiting to happen.
Gyorko's power outage last season was disconcerting, since he has never hit for high average. The play for Lamb or Seager would be to get more power in addition to more lineup balance.
You can't play two quarterbacks at once. But you can't put a closer-caliber reliever into a game in the sixth inning, the seventh inning, whenever there is trouble. That is a huge advantage and more teams are seeking it. The Cardinals have the pitching depth and the money to pull that off.
Mozeliak has repeatedly mentioned his desire to balance up the batting order.
The Cardinals would explore that with any player they target with just one year left on his contract -- unless they only wanted to rent the guy, which happens.