Apparently the Concrete Circle of Death still has some open dates. But how many people would pay money to watch a team just passing through the STL? The NFL is still the NFL, but would that team get 30,000 a game? More? Less? I'm curious what people think of that.
I would say that Schwartz is touchable for the right offer. Given his age, he is among the least likely players Armstrong would trade. But then again, he is always hurt and his production has come in bunches. So, again, if somebody wants to make a crazy offer . . .
DeWitt cares about market penetration and ticket sales. The ESPN money is the same if the Cardinals are on TV or not. And a bunch of Sunday night games are a pain in the butt for the team and not great for fans who drive long distances to watch weekend games.
Sure, if Gomber pitches well it would be nice to have a lefty. But what if Reyes or Hudson is throwing lights out and not needed in the bullpen? What if Wainwright is, well, feeling right coming out of spring training? Lots of options. Let's see who stays healthy in the spring and who throws well. Odds are both good and bad developments will shape the rotation makeup.
Trade market? Coming off a down year and chronic shoulder trouble? With just one year left on his contract? He might fetch a few prospects. The Cardinals are better off expecting a bounce-back year that could be worth an extra $100 million for Ozuna in the marketplace. That is quite an incentive to show ready to produce.
If the Cardinals agreed to eat almost every last dollar of the $50 million left on Fowler's contract, it might be able to move him.
Both cities want to prop up their stadiums as long as possible. The Cubs may have strong stadium identity -- people go to the games to be there, even then the team is bad -- so Boston might be more motivated to go first on a complete re-do.
Chances are very, very good.
Managing a team is most demanding these days, given the complexities of cap management and the global market to scout and assess. That said, I do believe Quenneville will want significant personnel say where he goes next because he had such a bad experience the past few years with Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman.
Many people will pick the 1993-94 team that swept through the conference and nearly lived the Final Four dream. But I'd go with the Stipo/Sundvold/Frazier team with Moon McCrary and Prince Bridges, plus Michael Walker and Mark Dressler. That team lost to a vintage Houston team 79-78 in the NCAA Tournament.
Britton wants to get paid, first and foremost. And he can certainly close here, since Hicks never demonstrated the command or secondary stuff to make him the shoo-in close for 2019. In today's game, managers want multiple shutdown relievers to deploy at any point in the game. We will see less and less focus on which guy pitches the ninth and more focus on which guy pitches in the toughest spots.
The Cardinals made a bunch of in-season moves last season, including changing the manager. So I don't see your point at all.
By getting the NFL back, which isn't likely in our lifetime.
They Blues have been highly competitive for most of Armstrong's watch and he produced just the second Final Four team since 1985-86. That, plus his contract, suggests that he gets to make one more hire. And, yes, that hire will have to fit well into the game's evolution. He is looking past the retreads to see if there is new blood and new ideas worth investing in. Obviously this will be the biggest decision of his NHL career.
Trading the NHL's second-best goal scorer for the previous three and four years would be a big step, especially since he is locked into a team-friendly contract and he is still in his athletic prime. I believe he is touchable like every other Blue, but it would take monstrous offer to get Armstrong's interest. The same goes for Alex Pietrangelo and his would-be suitors.
It will need the resources to lose lots of money for many years to get established. Once it's stable enough to bet on and draw fantasy spots interest, then it might have staying power. That is a high threshold to reach and many leagues have come and gone after falling short, including the previous XFL.
For now, Armstrong is letting the interim coach do his thing. Kyrou is better off playing a lot in San Antonio than just playing here and there for the Blues. But Kyrou is a big piece of the future, as is Thomas, and Armstrong will have that in mind as he mulls what to do with the coaching position.
If Fowler is hitting .180 again next season, he has to sit. And if he pouts as a part-timer, then the Cardinals may simply have to turn him loose and effectively pay him not to play.