They can't guarantee any catcher 40 games -- and that is not a particularly high total anyway.
IF Tilmon can stay on the court and IF the Tigers shoot lights out from three-point range and IF they can defend like they did versus Xavier and IF the Hammer showed up to add some atmosphere, then, sure, the Tigers have a shot. It will be a fascinating test.
Great QB matchup, too, and Alabama's failure to close out with authority in the semis was notable. You might be on to something there.
Guys who can hit off the bench are gold. If that one at bat comes in a high-leverage spot, there is value in that. And he could hold up playing some right field here and there.
Of course, there are far more than five options. That is where the strength lies. They have 8 or 9 legitimate possibilities while other teams are scrambling to assemble 5.
Army. Mozeliak isn't the GM. He is high enough up the food chain with enough equity built up that job security is of no concern to him.
And Backes still has too more years at $6 million per on the cap hit.
I would expect the bench/bullpen mix to vary during the season according to need. That means at least one player with options remaining will be in that mix. And we already knew that somebody will likely move on from the current group.
That's fine, but the Cardinals will still draw more than 3 million fans and get right back in contention, so St. Louis will have to endure this nightmare a bit longer.
If he is extended, sure. If not, then it was worth a shot to make a run in '19. The Cardinals didn't really have a spot for Weaver next season unless A) several guys got hurt and B) Weaver relocated his lost command. A team can only keep so many pitchers on the roster.
I'm not arguing against change. I'm saying if the team trades valuable players, it must get value in return. Tanking to get high draft picks would be stupid, given the amount of talented players Blues have in their prime and younger. Change the nucleus, but don't shrink it.
Let us know how that works out.
Most voters won't lower their standards because of these back-door selections. If anything, some guys may become even tougher with their criteria in protest of these committee decisions.
I am not all that principled. We don't have the NFL any more and we don't cover the NFL any more, so what's the point?
There is heavy bidding occurring right now in the marketplace. I would expect to see some big signings (by other teams) sooner than later.
Bobo was the dunking booth clown back at the town fair circuit back home in Michigan in the 70s. "Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?" Then came the taunts, as Bobo tried to goad Billy High School into throwing out his arm trying to hit the dunk button with his heater. How many ticked off fair goers ended up with Tommy John surgery trying to shut Bobo up.
Vegas ended up with some pretty decent D-men last year but, yes, the Blues should have one of the better defensive corps. Pietrangelo and Parayko are widely coveted and Edmundson and Dunn have solid long-term Top 4 potential. Bouwmeester and Gunnarsson might be in the twilight, but if they stay healthy they will draw interest later this season as rentals. And Bortuzzo has become a solid third-pairing guy.
Tickets sold are tickets sold. And with Ballpark Village next door, I think more people wander in late and wander off earlier.
That would be ridiculous, given all the money in the industry. The MLBPA needs to get players into arbitration quicker and into free agency quicker in the next contract. With the industry playing more kids and shunning more older players, that is the path toward making sure the players get their cut of the action. I believe such a deal is easily doable.