Stadiums can be a really bad deal for a city. In this case, the politicians and voters held out for a better deal and got one. It took the Taylor family getting involved to make it happen, but it happened. Those folks can afford to shoulder the load.
Any contract he would get from the Cardinals would be really big, in line with what the market has been bearing for free agents. The Cardinals have offered such contracts in the past. Sometimes players take them, sometimes they don't.
See my earlier post on that.
They need to add an impact hitter, period. If the front office fails at that, then it must continue the quest into the season. This team also has the resources to build a lock-down bullpen and should achieve that goal, too. There are more choices on that front, so there is no excuse not to make that happen.
It;s supply and demand. It's inflation in an industry with soaring revenues. Prices go up every year. Each GM has to assess tread life with pitchers and I'm guessing there are people willing to bet Corbin has more tread left than Darvish did last winter.
Bill DeWitt Jr. has a hand in all major baseball decisions. He is not going to fire himself. He is not likely to fire Mozeliak, either, although if he has to eat that $50 million left on Fowler's contract he start thinking differently about him. And remember, while other franchises rise and plunge in the standings, the Cardinals are in the mix every year.
If the Cardinals improve themselves at multiple positions going into next season, then they had a good winter. It's not about star power, it's about building a better team -- a deeper lineup with more pop and a much stronger bullpen. Is it possible to meet those goals without getting Goldschmidt, Harper and Machado? Of course.
This offseason does not hinge on getting a great return on Jose Martinez. That's good, because every team in both leagues have had a chance to bid on him and no team has blown away the Cardinals with an offer. This team needs to make multiple additions and I believe it will.
If the Cardinals make a rental trade for Goldschmidt, I don't believe they will doom themselves to eternal mediocrity with the package offered. While this organization has certainly lost some near-term prospect depth, it could make good offers for this guy. I don't expect Mozeliak to make a desperate offer. And, yes, this team needs more than one impact bad and I expect the team to make more than one offseason move.
Pietrangelo is a core defenseman logging huge minutes. He is viewed as a big-time asset around the league. Steen is a respected veteran in the back end of his career, battling recurring injuries, declining production and a lesser role. If there is any problem between these two -- and I don't really think there is -- then I think we know how this turns out.
No, not even close. The Blues have remained steadily competitive except for a few down times when ownership bailed. This team has not been steadily competitive.
He is widely respected as an elite two-way defenseman in his athletic prime. So why you might give him away, Armstrong will not.
Pitching prospect most likely to be dealt? Probably Luke Weaver, although trading a prospect at low value is dumb. Right now he looks ticketed for many starts in Memphis. Player to be dealt? Maybe Jedd Gyorko, given the likely addition of a corner infielder.
Who says he isn't in the team's plans? He is in the pile of potential starting pitchers. If he is healthy and pitching like Michael Wacha, I'd expect him to have a role. But given his extensive injury history the team has to have other options in place.
The Cardinals starting pitching ranked near the top of baseball in ERA last season despite all the injuries and the late fade by younger pitchers. The Cardinals expect some progression from the kids. And the team hasn't ruled out adding a starter, although it has bigger priorities.
I'm sorry I missed that . . .
It's not easy to move veterans, some with no-movement protection, but a shakeup could be forthcoming. Some guys might be willing to move along to a contender.
Well, we'll see. History tells us such ventures fail 99 times out of 100. It will take more than respectful anthem posture to sell tickets to most folks.
The Cardinals are shopping for a corner infield upgrade. The team is early in the process.
I am not sure of their level of interest in him. Colome did pretty good in his set-up role after landing in Seattle last season.