Obviously his lack of range makes him a liability, so he would always been subject to double-switches. But he puts up numbers and he would cost somewhere between $30 million and $40 million per year less than Bryce Harper.
Greinke is a crafty guy for sure, able to win games despite losing zip on his fastball. But Arizona would have to eat a ton of money to even get that into conversation. Also, starting pitching is way down the list of this team's needs. All that addition would do is push someone else to the bullpen or onto the trade market for a hitter.
Well, maybe. But Matt Carpenter went cold again on Shildt's watch and it's like Fowler was crushing the ball when he got hurt.
No word yet. Blues are skating as we speak. If it's Allen, Johnson gets the next one. I'd go back to Jake to build on his game in Chicago. But it Johnson goes, then Allen goes at San Jose.
Dressing drowning in gravy.
The Cardinals have lots of young pitching behind all of those guys. Adding a high-priced guy on top of all that -- while doing less to upgrade the bullpen or batting order -- wouldn't make sense. Address the actual needs first and go from there.
The Cardinals missed the playoffs by 2 1/2 games last season with that team and a massive number of injuries. With fewer games lost to injuries and an earlier managerial change would have made the postseason easily.
Yeah, but Schmaltz is the guy the coaches nailed to the bench after that.
The Cardinals are going to sell 3 million tickets next season, so there is no PR deadline. Obviously some early excitement would make life easier for the sales staff, but this is not a franchise that builds its marketing campaign on trades or free agency.
Sure. If the money's right, it would be possible to play a game at Busch. The Arkansas State game almost ended up there.
The rest of the SEC has noticed that Missouri has won a couple of division titles and earned NCAA Tournament and bowl berths on behalf of the league. It's not an ideal geographical fit, but it's not a disaster like Rutgers in the Big Ten.
The Blues area capped out, so making trades will be dicey. I could see Pat Maroon hitting the trade market at some point, since he has a team-friendly contract and value to teams seeking heft. I used to say Carl Gunnarsson was a possible chip, but Bortuzzo's injury and Schmaltz's struggles may have ruled that out. Could Armstrong do something bigger to shake things up? Sure. But Detroit is on a roll now and Ottawa is surprisingly good despite having Duchene and Stone heading toward free agency.
Wait, what? JayBo must go? First time I've heard that . . .
Again, look at the massive time missed by key guys. Molina, DeJong, Wacha, Martinez, Reyes, Wainwright . . . that could have been a 95-win team. That said, I do expect the team to add at least one hitter capable of adding pop and depth to the batting order.
The players do NOT have a whole lot of input on this. Nor should they.
Given Armstrong's contract terms, he will be in surf and turf line, not the bread line, should he get capped.
Let's not forget "Harrowing."
Of course, the Cardinals still have Miles Mikolas and Jack Flaherty atop the rotation and Dakota Hudson as a top candidate for either the rotation or the bullpen. So the team is well on the way to featuring an elite pitching staff, somewhere in the top few. But it does need bullpen upgrades, which would push guys like Gomber back into depth roles for the rotation.
JayBo's offense is the least of the team's concerns. The Blues need him to block shots and get pucks out of harm's way, particularly on the penalty kill. But this team also needs Joel Edmundson to step up into a Top 4 role and do some of that heavy lifting with Pietrangelo and Parayko. If that happens and Bortuzzo returns to his third-pairing role, then Bouwmeester will either have a limited role or no role with the group.
The Cardinals opened at about $160 million last season. I would see the team going to $180 million, which is where it ended up the previous two seasons.