Yeah, if word got out that the Cardinals made a serious $400 million offer to Harper, then management could never have a credible "can't afford that" argument again -- not that most players ever want to hear that argument.
Ford has done a great job at SLU. He coaches players hard, which is his job. The kids who buy in have great success. As for player turnover, SLU is not a state school with lots of jock-friendly curriculum. Also, SLU has made it clear it will not offer Baylor-level forgiveness for player misbehavior.
MLB is not inclined to finance new stadiums itself, so those two markets have figure it out (or not) without MLB help.
I don't know that Shildt vs. Matheny makes any difference with Wong and DeJong. Both managers offered those guys every chance to succeed. Either these guys will take that Final Step in there careers and cash in on their next contracts or they won't. Right now both are pretty good assets locked in on team-friendly deals.
Long story short, the NBA wanted any Grizzlies buyer to at least pretend to give Vancouver a chance to keep the team. He was asked to play along for a while, as Kroenke did after gaining control of the Rams with Georgia's passing. Laurie was in a hurry to move, so he goofed up the deal.
Indeed. Another lost art!
I agree. The Blues have had some bad teams, but there were reasons for their badness. Those teams didn't have enough talent. This team has enough talent. This might be the biggest underachievement I have ever seen.
Scott Boras could get him some real coin for a 30/100 season at his age.
Right now any reclamation projects would have to come on minor league deals as injury protection. There just isn't the opportunity here that other teams might have.
We need to get some news! Young BenFred is due for some TV time and we do have the Winter Warmup coming with some stuff to talk about.
Nah, those are jobs the players don't want to lose.
That's a great question. Paul DeJong maybe?
As closer? No. Maybe for the right price the team might try to upgrade, but I think they need is somebody in the Cecil role that is better than Cecil/
I hadn't heard that. The Cardinals were very high on Pujols as soon as he started his minor league career. From the Expos perspective, Tatis was a proven asset while Pujols was a kid who started that year in short season ball. That is an odd either or.
At Matt's age, the prudent step is to use the option and see where he is. Two years is a long time for a player at that age. This team is not afraid to move on from aging players, as Matt Holliday would tell you.
There aren't a lot of bad contracts in there. That is what makes this season so disappointing.
Every team has key guys it hopes returns to form and/or health. The Dodgers are there. The Cubs are there. The Yankees are there. These contracts are guaranteed. That's life in the big leagues. That never changes. You can't dump every player who has a bad year or who gets hurt. And you can't double-book every position. You can't being 16 starting position players to Opening Day and let nature run its course.
As long as they get paid the market rate, a fair number of athletes will be willing to play here and stay here.
Except that nobody on this Blues team is getting $300 million-plus on his next deal.
The roster is not frozen. If the Cardinals need to upgrade, like you say they have some depth to deal from. At the moment they have starters at every position.
Maybe some day Mizzou will have that sort of fan base. Right now it doesn't -- and if that makes TigerFan butthurt to see it in print, too bad, Empty seats are empty seats.
The Cardinals have their methodology. This year the team identified needs, paid the going rate for a high-end reliever and added another premium hitter in a trade. Fans waiting for the Cardinals to spend crazy money in free agency are in for a long wait, every bit as long as fans who are waiting for a silver-winged goose to dump $10 million in diamonds on their front lawn.
OK, this is the last question of the day. And I don't have an answer! I do believe the Cardinals need to make one more add, but that will likely come via trade or later in free agency after the market crashes. I believe the Miller signing allows the Cardinals to be patient.
See you all next time! Thanks and have a lovely weekend.