Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
In the NFL, the only contract that is real is what is guaranteed. So get your bonus and, if you can, guaranteed money. Quarterbacks have some leverage there, as do some true superstars at other positions. But most NFL players work from week to week. MLB and NHL players shake their head at what the NFL guys go through.
Panarin has made it very clear that St. Louis is not on his target list. He is looking for a big city on the coast or maybe Florida. The signal on this front came before the season, something like this: "If Artemi doesn't want to be in Columbus, why would he want go to St. Louis?"
Flaherty might have a higher ceiling among the pitchers. As for the floor, let's not forget that Martinez posted a 3.11 ERA last season between injuries. His previous three season ERAs were 3.64, 3.04 and 3.01. So that's a pretty high floor, higher than most floors on this staff.
Well, it depends on what Bryce was willing to pay for. If he is willing to take five fewer years and $150 million less to play here, then perhaps Mozeliak would be motivated to eat the Dexter Fowler money. But that's not the real world. Obviously Mozeliak was discussing the sorts of additions (reliever, starting pitcher, reliever) the Cardinals had been looking at. Since Jedd Gyorko and Jose Martinez are still here, the Cardinals don't have at bats to offer. And while I believe there is certainly room for another proven reliever, Mozeliak is pointing to the big pile currently in place and saying he wants to sort that before making any other adds.
I agree that the most likely trade deadline outcome is some housecleaning moves to add a few draft picks and reduce some clutter. You never know about trades, however. I suppose the Florida-Pittsburgh deal looks like a bailout by the Panthers, since they added three picks. But Derick Brassard is a pretty good player who, for whatever reason, simply did not click with the Penguins. And I could see a trade the sends Brayden Schenn to Boston for a good young forward or two with NHL experience. That would not be a strict Blues bailout, but rather changing up the nucleus while making a long-term adjustment to projected payroll.
Well, the Rams are playing for the Super Bowl, so the front office is not evil. Stan Kroenke is another matter, at least in the eyes of sports fans. The NCAA administration is stuck managing the whole student-athlete sham. It's thankless work, but those folks can keep their gig by paying lip service to integrity while keeping the money-making machinery operating at high gear.
A designated hitter could return earlier than a pitcher, as Shohei Otani will try to prove in Anaheim. He is hoping to make half a comeback from surgery this season. But a position player has to throw the ball, so they face largely the same scenario pitchers face. Speeding the recovery time can increase the risk of reinjury.
He was on the ice before practice, so that suggests he won't be out for the long haul. But, yes, it appears he is going to miss time.
He would continue going about his business. Unless he and Bill DeWitt Jr. develop a major philosophical difference. I don't believe he is going anywhere. Let's not forget that DeWitt is involved in very major personnel decision. He and Mozeliak work in concert. If the Cardinals are a true disappointing this season (let's say .500 or worse) and there were no mitigating circumstances (devastating injuries), the I would expect big changes to the roster, the field staff and other members of the baseball operation.
That's about right. Despite the marketplace offering all sorts of enticing bargains, it appears the Cardinals won't make any more moves until circumstances for the front office into action.
Angry? The dude is smiling whenever I see him . . .
Some guys will have to settle for tryouts. Other guys, the ones who set money aside, will say to heck with it. They can life off their savings, mindful that their pension will provide lifetime security once it kicks in. Maybe some will go back to school. Maybe some will get into coaching or just spend more time with their family while opting what to do best.
By this point, the Cardinals know what the market is for any player they could offer. That market isn't likely to change until teams start suffering injuries. Maybe the market could shift if there is a flurry of signings elsewhere. Will Mozeliak turn off his phone for two weeks? Of course not, but after months of chatting with other teams he knows where everybody stands. Give the guy credit for being honest.
What do you think, maybe 5 percent? There are still a few diehards wearing their Aaron Donald jerseys. But that's a different team than the Rams squad we last saw at the Dome.
No, you are not wrong. He was playing up in the lineup a lot before he got hurt and I would expect that to continue. We were definitely starting to see what all the fuss about this kid was about. He is quick, skilled and instinctive out there. He will be a valuable piece going forward.
Like it or not, this team now has a set lineup in the field and a overcrowded starting rotation. There is certainly room in the bullpen for a really good reliever like Kimbrel but the Cardinals choose not to spend on that. If their relief corps falters, the Cardinals will be open to criticism for failing to lock that down.
I believe there is a chance the postseason ban goes by the wayside for the football team. The current regime has done everything right while handling the scenario. If this is the standard the NCAA wants to set -- hammering programs that cooperate completely after all the guilty parties were replaced -- then we're going to see fewer schools cooperating with the NCAA.
Kroenke is more hated. He has all the money in the world. He didn't need to move the team and jilt his home state to pay his bills. Bidwill had the football team and that was pretty much it. He couldn't get his new stadium, he didn't mix well with the old money, he was just kind of a odd-but-likable guy . . . so he was more of a hapless, frustrating figure than a hated one.
Yeah, the Blue Jackets are mystifying bunch. Then you throw in the Panarin/Bobrovsky uncertainly and you don't know what to expect from that team. It could win the Stanley Cup if it finally got rolling or it could exit the playoffs in four games. But, yes, the Blues ought to brace themselves just in case.
Most fans yawned at that remark. The Cardinals made a couple of big additions, didn't find suitable trades for a couple of potential chips (Jose Martinez, Gyorko) and they have several younger guys pressing for more work. There were still some hopes for another reliever or a left-handed bat on the bench, but I don't believe a significant percentage of fans were still expecting major change as February neared. Nor do I believe Mozeliak's remark caused many fans to smash their forehead into their computer keyboards again and again and again until the keys scattered and the space bar jabbed into their bloody wound.