Goldschmidt third, Ozuna fourth.
Of course, prime age free agents almost never come free. And if they do, they command contracts paying them into their old age. And good prime-age hitters (like Ozuna and Christian Yelich) almost never coming into play as well. That is why the best possible solution is to develop you own hitters.
Cornerstone players are hard to come by. You can lose on purpose to get one and still stink, as Buffalo has until recently and Edmonton has -- for the most part of a decade. So I'm not a fan of deliberate losing. The Blues did that once and got Erik Johnson.
Armstrong bet on Allen and lost. He had the cap space to pay Hutton like a starter and let the chips fall. And he didn't. Firing offense? No, but like the Blues veterans he has lost a lot of of his equity in terms of job security.
When you say full contract, you mean this year. And, yes, another team would take his salary for the remainder of the year.
I haven't paid much attention to NFL talk so I wouldn't know.
To each his own. Kansas City has been selling to capacity for six years running.
Well, they should. The talent is there. The teams shows positive signs, then falls back. The league is unforgiving these days and the Blues keep finding ways not to win.
One thing for sure: The Cardinals need to develop quality through drafting and international shopping, not just quantity, because it is getting harder all the time to convert a pile of good prospect into a true star via trade. Even free agents are dicey investments because they tend to get opt-out clauses to use if they actually perform to their ability.
He is another project to replace one of the projects they just lost. But the Cardinals have more polished, high-end pitching prospects on hand than most teams. The issue is the void behind the current group of Flaherty, Hudson, Hicks, Reyes, et al.
As I note in each chat, this team has the resources to assemble a lockdown bullpen to go with a very strong rotation. If Mozeliak can complete that admittedly large task and add an impact hitter to the batting order, then the Cardinals can aim higher next season.
There are very few elite free agents on the offensive side this season, maybe two. So odds are fans will be howling about that outcome.
Guys blowing assignments left and right and making massive blunders -- like Steen handing the puck to Dylan Larkin for a clean break-in Wednesday -- are the problem.
The NFL could succeed very well here with a good owner and competent management. The Cardinals and Rams had neither in their final years here.
Maybe, since we haven't seen any notable roster changes yet this offseason.
Maybe he could be a fifth outfielder and pinch-runner, if the Cardinals decided they could spend a roster spot on that.
What pressure exists in the competitive desire to get back into the postseason, not the fact that one guy got hurt and another guy, traded later, had a MVP season.
Well, we'll see. The Cardinals added an impact hitter who didn't get healthy last winter. So he was just good, not great. I expect them to add an impact hitter this winter. Your definition of impact and mine may differ, but to me an impact up upgrades the offense.
Mozeliak will tell you that every player on his roster is touchable, Every single one. Make an offer. Now, the price for some of them are quite high. But make your pitch.