Bour could see at least semi-regular work in Anaheim, so that was a good move for him. As for the Cardinals, there are a lot of ways they can go. Munoz can play everywhere, so presumably he fits. But who else? A lefty bat is a priority, but is that versatile guy like Descalso or a pure power guy like Adams? That is what the team is sorting right now.
I'll say Ozuna, seeking the big coin, bounces back to lead the team in homers while Goldschmidt realizes that Busch Stadium is NOT a power hitter's park.
That name has come up here before. Trouble is, the Cardinals are having trouble wooing free agents because everybody knows that Molina wants to play every single game. That makes filling the job very hard.
All these teams are still looking to add players, so it's pointless to compare the rosters now. And even when the teams are coming out of spring training, so many questions will remain. Look at Chicago. Will Bryant bounce back? Will Darvish hold up? Will the team rally behind the lame duck Joe Maddon or reject him? That's the beauty of the 162-game grind.
Yeah, that's fair. Europe draws the best from everywhere, including the U.S. Those staggering transfer fees tell the story. The MLS gets plenty of talent that plays at the World Cup level, but not at the highest end of that level.
Eventually the Torpedo will find his way to San Antonio. He is a big kid who has a chance. Like Klim Kostin, he must adapt to the North American game. Like Kostin, he has the body to do that.
The Dodgers need to move Puig and move some payroll to make that happen, but, yes, that could happen.
To be fair, Harper's competitive drive is many notches higher. But Drew's swing, that was sheer beauty.
As a one-and-done novelty it might play, but a lot of people would stay away just out of resentment for the NFL.
Yeah, Tony is not one to back down. Even when he's wrong, he is not backing down. That is what made Tony Tony.
I believe we do see fewer bad signings. Agents have been complaining for sometime about ownership collusion keeping wages down in free agency, Owners have the data that proves that investing in players into their 30s often backfires. So older players are finding it much tougher to get deals. Some bad signings still happen, like Dexter Fowler and Mike Leake, but the analytics crew has produced vivid evidence of the "inefficiency" of the free agent market. Remember, this scaled-back spending comes at a time when revenues across the industry are soaring.
The Cardinals have lots of young pitching that other teams want. But, again, do you trade two promising, cost-controlled guys with huge futures for a few years of strong veteran pitching? That is the decision Mozeliak and Co. would have to make. The Cardinals don't have much left on the position player prospect side that would fetch a talent like that.
The Dodgers are aiming higher for the outfield -- perhaps Harper -- so I'm not sure that Fowler, even with a greatly reduced salary, would interest that team. Teams are waiting to see if Fowler, A) hits next season and restores his value or B) washes out in St. Louis, clears waivers and becomes available for the veteran's MLB minimum while the Cardinals keep paying him.
It's safe to say that Mozeliak and Girsch will have way more sway on the day-to-day team operation with Shildt managing the team than management had when La Russa ran things. If management gave La Russa a player he didn't want, he would go out of his way not to use him. Skip Schumaker learned to play second base because La Russa wanted no part of Adam Kennedy at second base.
I don't see the Blues rallying to the playoffs. And I don't believe we overestimated their ability. This team has ample talent. We overestimated their capability to come together as a team and develop the collective drive needed to prevail in an ultra-competitive league.
If Baines is in, the door is ajar for a lot of guys, Simmons included. That's no offense to Harold, but guys like him make Cooperstown the Hall of the Very Good.
It's just money. The Cardinals have lots of it, so there is no reason to get outbid at a need position like that. The price could get high, if the Joe Kelly contract is an indicator, but an elite reliever could make the difference of reaching the playoff bracket and missing again.
Not at all. The MLS demographic is different. Also, the novelty factor will help for the first few years anyway.
Ownership was the at the core of the Stallions fiasco. Ownership, plus the St. Louis soccer heritage, makes this market a slam dunk for the MLS.
No, the all-world advising does not come onto the ice for practice. That is what Larry Robinson is for. He moved from his advising role to an interim assistant coach role to help reinforce such things.