If that was intentional, I do not blame him. He has gotten a rough ride. Maybe he should have come out and pulled a Klim Kostin, firing his helmet along the ice and offering a profanity to the fans.
Maybe some day, if the Blues had a starting goaltender and a No. 2 netminder they liked. Trading him just to trade him now doesn't make much sense.
No, the Cardinals are not shopping for a true ace for a host of reasons. They have lots of starting pitching. If they are going to spend more money, they need to invest further in the bullpen. As for Gunnarsson, given his age and injury history it will be time to move on from Carl. Good guy and a solid pro, but this franchise has some young guys to move up.
All professional teams have people available to help players with various off-the-field issues. The major sports agencies are also good about getting guys whatever help they need.
I can't imagine there is a long list of general managers monitoring the Binnington Scenario day after day, just hoping that he hits the market. If he plays well here, he will get another contract here.
Actually the Cardinals have become even more proactive about the offseason, getting face-to-face with players when necessary to make sure they are doing what is needed to get ready.
If he is Jose Martinez is not traded, then somebody with options remaining (like Tyler O'Neill) will get to play every day in Memphis. Yairo Munoz is a pretty good outfielder and he can offer protection there.
I am not holding my breath on that. Leone might have the most left, if healthy. Hence my frequent pitches to the Cardinals to add another high-leverage reliever.
Sure, they could all coexist on the same team. They play different positions. If Carpenter blows out his shoulder and can't play third base, that would change things. But I could definitely see these three continue forward if Goldschmidt re-ups.
I have always maintained that only a moron would acquire Fowler and take any of his money, given the way he played last season. I always assumed the Cardinals would give him another shot because of that. I can't speak for anybody else on that.
I am not sure the Columbia nightlife could handle that.
I assume Cabrera wants to go somewhere where he could play regularly. He would not get that chance here unless one of the starting infielders suffered a serious injury.
If Harper signed that contract, I believe the earth would stop spinning on its axis. I'm not a scientist, so I'm not sure how that would impact the roster.
A high NFL Draft pick can get more front-end money than a baseball player. That is appealing. And Murray could always go back to baseball if he gets tired of post-concussion syndrome.
Who in St. Louis has come out and said they have a few billions to back a NBA quest? That is what it would take. An investor from outside St. Louis if far more likely to favor Seattle.
Not terribly surprising. After what Clemson did to Notre Dame, we all knew Alabama was in for a fight. It was a little surprising to see the Crimson Tide buckle and Nick Saban get flustered, but this IS college football and that stuff happens all the time to most programs.
Not sure what happened to Patrik Berglund, but obviously it was good to get away from him. Vladimir Sobotka has given the team no regrets with his work in Buffalo. Dumping the Ghost of Jori Lehtera was a master stroke. But . . . Armstrong did give these guys contracts in the first place, so that's on his permanent record too.
Richie Incognito was odd, charming one minute, raging the next. But that is too easy. The guy had issues and they only got worse. Joe Murphy was weird, referring to himself in the third person. He, too, crashed and burned after sports.
The draft lottery should have fixed the NBA issue, but that league's CBA creates lots of weirdness. Teams take on expiring contracts to gain the ability to spend. Teams don't lose to get one particular guy so much as they seem to lose to gain the ability to sign a whole new team. Crazy stuff. Baseball definitely needs a solution. Being crappy for 162 games takes a toll on everybody involved.
It's all good. Long ago I worked in Kansas City. Marv Levy's then-wife was a co-worker, so I have a soft spot for that team.