St. Louis is not New York, Los Angeles, Boston or Chicago. Those cities are more attractive to free agents in general and teams in those markets have greater revenues and the ability to outspend their mistakes. The Cards made big offers to Pujols, Heyward and Price and lost them to Los Angeles, Chicago and Boston. So it goes.
One, he has a preexisting condition. Two, he is a Cardinals reliever.
I'm guessing the team would play after the stadium went up. Otherwise the Dome is the next best bet I suppose.
Fowler still fancied himself a leadoff hitter, but he could fill that role here because Carpenter cannot possibly bat anywhere else in the order. He did move down into a RBI slot in the order here and perhaps that impacted his approach a bit, but he is not a classic homer-happy guy.
That sounds fair, but you're right. The big leaguers want to get there money and they are not concerned with those who don't make it.
Offering limited at bats, they can't attract the better free agents. So they settle for a good cultural fit, which is a thing for back-up catchers around here.
I don't see the blessing. This team had NCAA Tournament potential with Jontay and those berths are precious. But, yes, Pickett is getting more time and Mitchell Smith is getting the chance that would not have come his way. And that could still have a nice payoff.
If the Blues are in the playoff hunt, JayBow likely stays. If this team goes back into the tank, then the team would love to get a second-round pick for him. As I always note, defensemen are scarce and he can still log the tough minutes when he plays this way.
Well, that team could move payroll if it had to. That would be a pretty good incentive to shake things up.
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I believe less velocity, diminished stuff and lost command were bigger issues.
Kaspanen has some nice upside and he could be hard to keep under Toronto's cap. But, no, Dunn or Schmaltz would not be enough to entice a trade.
Economics play a huge role in sports today, as anybody who actually has to buy a ticket can tell you.
Earlier, he played a lot of second base, More recently, including this winter, he has played a lot of center field -- which speaks well of his athleticism. So his fielding flexibility is more valuable than, say, Matt Carpenter's flexibility.
If he can get strong and make the workout rounds, he should still get a first-round grade. He is a unique talent. Risking another injury while playing for scholarship dollars seems like a bad bet for him, as much as the Tigers would love for him to make it.
Quality pitching depth wins championships. Ask Max Scherzer and Clayton Kershaw if they have any good parade memories to share. If the Cardinals have a strong five-man rotation and a lockdown bullpen, they could win again.
The Blues need Allen to play well because there is no help in the marketplace right now. Goaltending is an issue for about half the teams in the league. Allen would offer some teams an upgrade, but then who tends goal for the Blues? Come this summer, perhaps Sergei Bobrovsky could be an option in free agency.
The Cardinals don't hype prospects. They do hang into to the better guys because they are cost controlled. Having lots of young pitching is a very efficient way to build uncommon depth, which the Cardinals have done. They have traded several of their top pitching prospects over the years and would do so again. But trading several good pitchers who work for free for one expensive pitcher who could get hurt is a play the team won't make regularly. The Cardinals ranked near the top of MLB with starting pitching ERA last season despite taking massive injury hits, so they will be reluctant to change course there.
Again, advancing age, chronic eye trouble, an extensive injury history and diminishing production played into that -- as did the much younger Harrison Bader pushing for work.
Is the boss looking over your shoulder?
It's not your money, like you say, and you're not the one who owes Dexter Fowler $50 million.
A 6-foot-11 guy with three-point shooting range and a guard's feel for the offensive game will get the NBA's attention every time.
If Wong, Fowler and Ozuna play more like they did in 2017 while staying healthy, that would go a long way. So would Alex Reyes actually pitching. So would DeJong and Molina avoiding weeks-long injuries. Lots of variables there.
Go out and get more offense.
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