Bobo's here . . . after getting back from the grocery store. Everybody and their Aunt Judy was out there buying egg nog. Anyway, let's have it.
Adding Goldschmidt and Miller certainly keeps the Cardinals in the hunt. But there are no guarantees. Last year they lost Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong for extended periods, plus Carlos Martinez and Michael Wacha. Alex Reyes bit the dust. Dexter Fowler imploded and Marcell Ozuna took a big step back. So what looks on on paper in December can look a lot worse come July. But in theory, anyway, the Cardinals are addressing their biggest needs with big moves.
Good one! I'm guessing the Cardinals would take that swap, taking on extra money with Heyward but gaining an elite defender who, at this writing, looks likely to be the better offensive performer.
Jay Bouwmeester is skating pretty well after finally recovering from surgery, so moving him and his expiring draft pick before the trade deadline looks like a no-brainer. Patrick Maroon is picking up his play, so he, too, could have value to a contender at the deadline. Alex Pietrangelo and Brayden Schenn are interesting cases with another cap-manageable year on their current deal. Both are due big increases on their next contract, which, given this team's abject failure, must give Blues management some pause. But Pietrangelo is particularly valuable, so the return would have to be special.
Yes, a back-up is needed. Trouble is, there are so few at bats to promise that free-agent catcher market may have to play out before the Cardinals get their man. I would imagine this team will remain aware of the reliever market. That was such a glaring weakness on last year's team. Management needs to take an overkill approach to upgrading it.
Favorites? No. Chicago still has a killer lineup and they have time to upgrade their pitching. If the Cubs choose not to upgrade that staff, then perhaps the Cardinals could emerge as a serious division title threat IF the old Dexter Fowler shows up for the '19 season and IF this team takes fewer injury hits with its deep pitching staff.
While Norm would yuck it up for real with Joe Cipriano (Nebraska). It seems his battles with Johnny Orr were playful, too. But Lou? I believe that was a more bitter rivalry, like Henson's battles with Bob Knight.
There is some thought MLS could drag things out a bit to see what the rival markets came up with. But St. Louis checks all of the boxes. Given the commitment and resources of the Taylor family and the revived stadium proposal, it would be an upset if the league didn't come here/
It's quite clear the Cardinals aren't just going to eat that remaining Fowler money. He will get his shot at redemption, in part because the team has guys like Tyler O'Neill and Adolis Garcia next in line. Those two guys are two reasons why making a play for Puig doesn't seem logical. Also, the Dodgers are unlikely to see that sort of value in Jose Martinez.
That would be a good question for Jim Thomas. He has been tracking that in his spare time.
Back in the day, intensity was pretty much the prerequisite. Not sure what the guys today look for, but with about 15 other students attending games this season, I'm not sure they have a big talent pool to draw from.
I feel a bit more optimistic about Fowler know that we've heard more of his story. Hopefully he gets himself in the right mental and physical shape to regain his game. He needs to take ownership of his performance and realize that a manager that keeps playing a .180 hitter night after night after night is letting the whole group down -- especially where are other players ready to step in and help the team win games.
Binnington hasn't been regarded as an elite prospect. Conversely, hopes are still high for Ville Husso. So this promotion rewards Binnington for being a great organization soldier while also giving Husso a chance to play more AHL games.
Carpenter can't play shortstop or second base. He will seldom see first base while Paul Goldschmidt is healthy. So for this team and this player the "super utility" thing wouldn't work.
He got a waiver to play right away. These used to be hardship waivers, given for extenuating circumstances, but lately the NCAA has been giving them out like Snickers mini-bards at Halloween.
I believe Pietrangelo and Tarasenko still have good mileage left. I believe both could help the team win next year, with the right coaching move and enough other changes. And if they go in trades, they need to go for guys capable of helping immediately. Necas is a nice prospect, but he has yet to indicate that he has a really high ceiling. Toronto has some speed guys, but Magnus Paajarvi has speed. If they want a high-end defender like Pietrangelo, a Top 10 guy for two-way play when he is right, then they would have to serve up a special player ready to help right away.
I'm with you there. Carolina is starved for offense and this kid isn't ready to help that team. Maybe he will be great some day, but unless Armstrong is convinced that Tarasenko is either finished as a player so disruptive that he absolutely has to go, that deal seems ridiculous. With a $7.5 million cap hit, Tarasenko brings value as even a 30-goal goal guy.
If one of those pieces is Svechnikov, great. Or maybe Necas AND Teravainen AND a high pick. Look, Carolina has a terrible offense. If they want to acquire one of the league's most productive goal scorers -- a guy with a very team-friendly deal -- then they need to offer players with proven NHL ability.
It would seem there could be an off-ice issue there, which is a shame. Berglund was a solid third-line level guy there, between shoulder injuries. It was sad to see the wheels come off for him. He went to a team on the climb and just died.
That would take a pretty deep crater. Kimbrel came out looking for six years, which isn't going to happen. Relief pitchers are the most volatile commodity in the sport, as the Cardinals know all too well, so I'm guessing John Mozeliak will stay on the perimeter of that bidding now that he scored Miller.
Monetary demands always factor in. Miller was an interesting case because of his injury-related decline. I'm guessing that nudged his price more into the Cardinals' preferred range.
Don't cry for Mike. He had ample talent during his time here, enough to run up that 55 percent winning percentage. More than anything he benefited from managing Yadier Molina and having Adam Wainwright in his leadership group.