First ballot? Probably not. Will he make it? Sure. Harold Baines did.
True enough. This deal should give the Cardinals a chance to contend this season. There is a chance he could get hurt or the team craps out anyway and then Paul leaves as a free agent. But was it worth a shot? Absolutely.
Bouwmeester is playing in the last year of his contract. Fowler has three years to go. Neither guy is going to rework his deal or just go away. JayBow is way more likely to move along in a trade in '19 than Fowler.
Mozeliak has added elite talent and he did so again with Goldschmidt. But he never comes out and says "We're going to spend whatever it takes to get the best players in baseball." Phillies management came out and said it was willing to spend stupid money. I will faint the day either DeWitt or Mozeliak makes that proclamation.
If the Blues are going to spend big money, they are more likely to spend it on a goaltender than a playmaking winger like Panarin. Right now Tarasenko doesn't have the pull needed to get his buddy giant dollars here.
I believe that team fits that category, as did last year's team. But when you lose key position players for weeks at a time and your pitching staff takes long-term blow after long-term blow, it's tough to win.
Sergei Bobrovsky, Semyon Varlamov and Cam Talbot could all hit the free agent marketplace.
One thing the Cardinals hope to stress more is tactical hitting and preparation for a particular at bat.
Yeah, at this rate for sure. The Blues have pushed premium side of their inventory hard. It's hard to fetch those prices with a dreadful product.
Hey, I should have made you tag in for me on some of the Rams game-day chats. Not a lot of sunshine-and-lollipop moments in there.
Pretty much. Do you think DeWitt and Mozeliak will ever go Operational Death Star with the Cardinals? No sir.
They need a coach who can rebuild the team's psyche and they need a goaltender who can steal games.
You are talking about a Scott Boras client here, the guy he wants to set records with. Bringing this guy toasted ravioli and showing him video of Stan the Man playing the harmonica isn't going to cut it.
On that note, I must pack it in. Sorry I could not get to everybody today. See you next time!