Not sure how many A-10 teams are getting into the NCAA Tournament this season. It may be only one, based on the non-conference showing. It may take winning the conference tourney/automatic bid to get in. Not much in the way of quality non-conference victories to this point.
No, I believe another strong reliever would be more valuable. That and settle on the bench. See how it goes and then add as needed during the regular season. Hang on to all the young pitching to see how it plays. You can always make trades in-season.
The Penguins could use a guy like Bouwmeester. So could the Oilers, if the Blues are so far gone that they will deal within the conference. He might fetch a second- or third-round pick if he is playing really well before the deadline. Steen has no-trade protection, so that would limit his market. Bozak has a 10-team no-trade list. Both guys are earning big money and both are up in years, so you're probably looking at a so-so pick and a so-so prospect. As for which teams might call, that would likely depend on injuries.
Rolen in the Cooperstown Hall of Fame? If Harold Baines is in the Hall, then Rolen has a case -- although Tony La Russa might not have the same level of fondness that he had for Baines.
Yes, this team can't afford to lose several key players for long stretches of time like last season. The organization doesn't have the immediate depth to withstand massive attrition.
Maybe I should put down the egg nog . . .
The whole fourth line debate arose because Armstrong added both O'Reilly and Bozak when he intended for Thomas play at center too. And there was no place for Jordan Kyrou after both Maroon and Perron came aboard. In that sense, Yeo had some work to do. But Mike is long gone and the team has the same trouble it had in Game 1. This is just not a good mix.
Girsch has more day-to-day managing to do with his current title, but the president of baseball operations job tends to be a face of the management job. Just ask Theo Epstein. But as I always note, Bill DeWitt Jr. has a heavy hand in the baseball decision-making.
I don't believe the roster is not frozen for Opening Day.
And Joe Maddon may take that act on the road after this season. Hard to believe it, but he is a lame duck.
Stability in the relief corps is great if it is quality stability, not Matt Bowman stability.
Yeah, Jim's extensive experience covering failed teams has been duly noted . . .
When the team finally stages a parade -- if that ever happens.
No, but the whole Jaden Schwartz walking boot thing drew some fire. Was he trying too hard to fit in with the boys by suffering a broken foot?
OK, I've got to don the elf hat and get some Christmas work done. Thanks for all the questions and comments this week. See you next time!