Yeah, well, don't count on it. The coaching change had no impact on the team, so I'd expect significant change. The good news is the first-round pick the Blues spent to get O'Reilly is top 10-protected, so odds are the team will add another high-ceiling prospect to the pile.
In some form, yes. In a recognizable form . . . that's the question. In another 10 years we will know a lot more about concussions and it won't be good.
It appears Steen could step in and Kyrou could exit the mix. Jordan was great for about 30 seconds against Edmonton, then he disappeared.
Yes and yes. Even if the Cardinals throw giant money at one reliever, this team could come under last year's payroll level. Bill DeWitt Jr. is probably OK with that.
Hicks is the consensus choice now. Let's see what else happens this winter. I would expect multiple bullpen additions.
As I noted earlier, Pietrangelo could be the most interesting chip. He's got another year on this contract, then an opportunity for huge money after that. When healthy and on his game, he is one of the 10 best all-around D-men in the game. Tarasenko would also fetch a massive return, given his team-friendly deal.
I believe the Blackhawks will be worse, unless the Blues go into a total strip-down. As for Armstrong, I assume Stillman has to be at least thinking about what he would do next from the management side of things.
That might work, since there are plenty of former Rams from the bad days that might want in on the XFL action.
I'll remind you when the Cardinals won World Series, they did so with teams that were hardly juggernauts. Management had the same philosophy then as it does today. Nothing has changed. Now, the industry has changed and it's fair to ask for more. I believe this team should aim for 100 victories each year, not 90. Could this team get there?: With a lockdown bullpen, yes. As for a lineup adding Goldschmidt, it could outperform last year's group by a notable margin if the team doesn't suffer the sort of long-term and/or debilitating injuries last year's team did. If Wong, Fowler and Ozuna hit anything like they did in 2017, that will be a nice lineup.
You will hear no hatred of JMart from this corner of cyberspace. The man can hit and that has some value in Our National Pastime.
Carlos Martinez has been one of the better MLB starting pitchers over a multi-year period, when healthy. I don't see him closing, particularly since he struggled with his command and focus in that role, too, last season.
The right coach to wake these guys up would have the biggest impact, followed by adding a goaltender capable of stealing game after game.
Sure, since he doesn't have much of a role here any more and his ability to handle third base improved his stock around MLB.
Ah, A.J. Ellis. Once upon a time he did a decent job for my fantasy team. There is some fondness there. With Kelly gone, Molina getting older and Knizner needing time to work on his catching, spending some money on a No. 2 catcher makes a lot of sense.
Well, he used Molina there because he lacked options. Fowler hitting like he did in '17 would be a real option. Then again, if Fowler hits like he did in '17, moving him down to No. 5 as a mostly left-handed batter could make sense too.
Tough one! He looked legit last season, but that is one season. He pitched like a $20 million man . . . but, again, that was one season. As a hedge, maybe two years and another $30 million?
That is Ryan's greatest asset, his ability to hit with leverage. He is a great fighter, but that side of the sport is evaporating quickly. Maybe someday the hitting goes away, too, but for now look out for Reaves.
Given his contract, I figure he gets to hire one more coach and make one more goaltending move. But, again, Stillman can't help but think about his options.
Hitchcock wins on Xs and Os, since his ability to add defensive "structure" is amazing. He wasted no time making the Oilers hard to play against. Joel Quenneville is brilliant at that too and I'd give him the nod as best motivator.
It's early to write off Thomas, he figures to be a good two-way forward, and Kyrou, who could become the sort of impact player that Barzal became. Both have work to do and both are adversely impacted by the current state of his team. Given the state of the team and the season, there is no reason not to stick this guys in prominent roles this season and give them every chance to grow.