The Cardinals have let lots of useful relievers walk in recent years and that has come back to cost them dearly. That has been a major front-office shortcoming, letting guys walk while believing they can save a few bucks on the replacement. Even Bud Norris -- are we sure he couldn't help this team in some capacity? He kept this team alive until finally wearing down last year.
Machado came in looking for 10 years. Maybe he settles for seven at some point, but the Cardinals went the Goldschmidt route when Manny was still aiming high. What these guys earn the next several years and how they perform will be interesting. Some players age well, some don't. Some age early, some never really do. IT will be fun to see how it all plays.
The Cardinals spent $14 million after spring training on Holland. That didn't work out, but that is exactly the sort of thing I'm talking about. Last season the Cardinals overhauled their bullpen in season, although that was more about moving players and not dollars.
I imagine she will be safely tucked into a suite somewhere, safely sequestered from riff-raff.
Remaining consistently competitive is very difficult. That's why the Cardinals are about the only team that actually achieves that standard. Few teams even try to do that any more. Would the Cardinals be better off tanking multiple seasons while trying to build a juggernaut? Fans argue for that, but DeWitt rejects the concept -- in part because he likes drawing 3 million fans every season.
The coaching staff is trying to keep him from getting down. Right now Berube likes the effort he gets from the AHL soldiers filling in (Nolan, then MacEachern) so there hasn't even been work for him on the fourth line. The long-term and short-term needs of the franchise often collide -- and Fabbri is right at that contact point.
There is no plan to trade anybody in 2019 because those guys are years away from the big leagues. Goldschmidt may or may not sign an extension and Matt Carpenter is 33 years old and he won't play forever. If one of those prospects ever becomes ready to excel at this level, then the Cardinals will explore their options.
Given the organization's depth, Adam Wainwright will not stay in the rotation into May if he gets racked start after start in April. Bringing him back for one more spin was a no-brainer since several of the young starting pitchers could use more minor league polish. Why put extra pressure on them? At the very least Wainwright buys them more time.
Puryear has regressed, but Geist and Tilmon have taken steps forward. Mark Smith is way better than he was at Illinois. Martin is also getting mileage out of freshmen (Pickett, Pinson, Watson). Nikko is also better in his limited role and even walk-on Ronnie Suggs has helped here and there. Losing Jontay Porter obviously derailed this season. K.J. Santos might have helped but for the chronic foot injury that shelved him for weeks at a time. Martin's challenge is to win some games this season while developing his underclassmen and recruiting impact guys who don't suffer season-eradicating injuries.
What he is telling agents is, "We have a set everyday lineup and a full starting rotation. And at this time, we are not going to spend a lot of money on one more reliever." My reference to the market was the trade market, particularly for guys like Jose Martinez and Jedd Gyorko. Since nothing happened on that front and Mozeliak was done (for now) spending on relievers, that was that.
Wait a minutes, more rational thought in this chat?
Would the Blues trade a guy with some term and value left (Schenn) to ditch Allen's remaining contract and rent both Panarin and Bobrovsky? Interesting. I am not sure if the Blue Jackets would see Allen as protection or a liability going forward. After all, that management team knows Jake as well as anybody. Schenn increasingly looks like a guy unlikely to get a big contract to stay here after next season, so that's why his name keeps coming up. As for keeping Panarin and Bob, I'd say there would almost no chance for Artemi. Sergei, I dunno. If Florida is really ready to offer him giant money, maybe he heads to the beach.
Right, and he believes he now has more pitchers than he has spots for. I argue that one more reliever would put him at the limit, but either way this franchise does have uncommon pitching depth.
He better have the swung in tune quickly, given all the outfield options at Schildt's disposal. How he is swinging the bat will be more important than batting average. And, of course, how the team is playing will increase or decrease managerial patience. If Fowler is still the worst position player in baseball, I doubt he sees regular duty for more than a few weeks.
Butler played great in a limited role. He could fill in. Reinke could fill in. Schmaltz could fill in. I don't see the team trading for a guy unless it is to upgrade beyond this season. My guess is the Blues might move just one of those veteran guys unless the season goes all the way off the rails.
If the team has problems, changes will occur. That's the same thing every year. The roster is not static. Nor is the field staff. Who settles into which role on the pitching staff will be the most interesting thing to follow. Will Alex Reyes pitch his way into the rotation? Could he excel in relief, as Jordan Hicks did? And where do Dakota Hudson and Daniel Poncedelon fit?
Players waive their no-trade clauses all the time. Their professional and personal outlooks change. Pietrangelo is an Ontario guy. Toronto has a chance to win the Stanley Cup. Pietrangelo has to be mindful of free agency after next season and his need to build value for that. Will Pietrangelo finish his career here? Sure, that could happen. Or it might not.