No. As Derrick Goold noted, if everybody pitches well this spring and everybody stays healthy -- against all odds -- then the Cardinals will have to shop some surplus pitching. Reyes is not starting in the minors unless he is god-awful this spring. Shreve is good enough to keep off the waiver wire, so if Cecil is fabulous this spring perhaps he gets trade. Mayers is also too good for waivers, so he could be marketed if, say, Leone and Gregerson turn back the clock. Gant, too, would have real trade value if somehow there is no spot for him. Could Hudson see time in the minors? Perhaps, depending on how all the pieces fall. The Cardinals don't want to lose too much depth given the extensive injury history of Wainwright, Wacha, Cecil, Gregerson, et al.
Sure, Porter could use more work. But he already suffered one catastrophic knee injury while playing for scholarship dollars. Why risk that again, especially given his family's grim orthopedic history? It's time for him to turn pro and get paid. If that comes while he is in the developmental league, so be it.
Mozeliak doesn't make excuses, he just explains the team's business model. Some fans yelp about it, but they keep coming to the games, so that model remains the same. Free agents don't care if the president of baseball operations seems a bit smug. It's the dollars on the table that count, along with the chance to win, the quality of life in a market and so forth. And with the current regime, the Cardinals will never, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever, ever consider free agency the primary path to team-building.
He has a working-class style. He is going to play the same way whichever line he is on. It's not like he is out trying a bunch of spin-o-rama moves in the twilight of his career.
Yes. For how long, who knows. The Nuggets are holding out some hope that he could test his back before the season ends.
If Bader can hit .260 with some power and draw some walks, that should make him everyday player given his defensive range and his baserunning speed.
Baseball: The Post-Dispatch scribes arrange their own travel. Hockey: Due to the logistics -- games on back-to-back days, getting to distant markets from St. Louis, which features fewer direct flights -- there is some travel with the team, and then the team bills the Post-Dispatch.
Not sure I believe in them that much, but wouldn't it be fitting for this franchise?
Elias Pettersson should win the Calder. That kid is the Next One in the NHL. Superstar in the making. But Binnington should get votes.
Not at all, because the only way St. Louis is ever getting another NFL team is some multi-billionaire buys a team, lawyers up and insists on moving it here for whatever reason.
Any team that makes the playoffs can win the championship. There is no difference there. Ask the 2006 Cardinals. Or the 2011 Cardinals. Conversely, many times people believed the Dodgers had a championship roster in recent years. When was there last parade.
Allen could get some more work if Binnington shows signs of wear. But if Jordan keeps making it look easy, he will get getting the work. Not only are the Blues in the bracket now, they have a chance to earn a better seed.
Some people still believe their ex will come crawling back. They almost never do.
They have more confidence in Binnington for sure. But it was nice to see Allen win that wild game against the Predators to reestablish some belief.
Thomas is a much better all-around player than Kyrou at this point in their young careers. And right now there is no work for Kyrou at this level even with Perron out. And there is no work for Fabbri, either, so Kyrou may not be back until postseason play (assuming the Blues get there) when the Blues carry extra guys. In time, Kyrou will be an impact player.
Maybe Kaepernick would have washed out of the NFL if he got another couple of chances. On the other hand, there are some truly awful QBs getting chance after chance in that league. So who knows. But by banning him, the NFL made the guy into a folk hero. He can make way more money being the Guy Banned From The NFL than he could playing quarterback. This is still another example of the NFL doing exactly the wrong thing from a PR standpoint.
It's good. Better to be known for something, right? Without the Cardinals, is St. Louis just Wichita Without an Arch?
OK, gather up your billions, buy a team and move it here. That is what it will take. That is the only path.
I would say Trotz is already the winner, given the mess he inherited from Doug Weight and the stunning success he has had on the tougher side of the league. Berube has been aided on this side of the league by the wholesale collapse of rival teams.
No, St. Louis will always be a good soccer market and I don't believe the capital behind this bid is going anywhere. St. Louis made a late reentry into the process. Had the city started with the bid it has now, I believe it would alreedy have a team.
That sounds like a trade that would hurt both teams. Why would either GM make it? Changing teams won't make either guy faster. Both are willing battlers, but geography is not their problem.
Find a billionaire to buy another team and move it here.
And yet tens of millions of tickets have been sold on his watch. Go figure.
Presumably Mike Shildt will manage to win from the get go. If he doesn't, then he will risk the season. If that leads to roster decisions, so be it. I believe you underestimate the urgency of the team.
OK, I am tuckered out for the day. See you next time! Have a nice weekend.