Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
Yeah, I don't know why Harper would choose Philly for a few more bucks over San Francisco. Playing for the Giants would be a sweet gig. They are a few years from contending again, but there would be no pressure. And it's San Francisco! Harper wanted to break Giancarlo Stanton's record at all costs. As you note, there may be a real cost to that.
Good question. I imagine he will be handled with great care. In the last five seasons of pro ball Reyes has thrown just 405 innings, with a high of 111 back in 2016. If he ends up in the bullpen, the club will have to monitor him carefully. Can he handle work on back-to-back days? Every other day? And if he sticks in the rotation, at one point will fatigue set in? Will extra days of rest be sufficient or must he skip starts with short DL stints? Rather than set a limit on him in February, the smart approach will be watching him closely from spring training on and adjust accordingly.
True enough about the deferred salary point. Remember, Washington's offer had lots of deferred money. This structure will help the Phillies buy more talent with fewer luxury tax issues -- assuming there even is a luxury tax in the next collective bargaining agreement. On the other hand, Machado plays a premium positions. Productive outfielders are in greater supply than productive left-side infielders. So I vote for Manny on this one, despite the higher AAV.
Sure, a team can always collapse. The three teams out of the playoff bracket at the moment -- Colorado, Arizona and Chicago --could push hard until the end. The Blackhawks just got Corey Crawford back and that could be huge. But the Blues do play a favorable schedule, loaded with games against teams currently out of the postseason field. I believe they have a better chance of winning the division than missing the playoffs.
I'm an old get-off-my-lawn guy. I don't like it. How would Garth Butcher respond to the Canes rubbing in a victory with a game of "Duck, Duck, Goose" on the ice postgame? Not well, I'm guessing. But the days of blood grudges and cheapjack goon tactics are long gone from the NHL. Today's players don't mind seeing the other side carrying on like so many Cub Scouts in their den mother's basement.
Don Cherry called the Canes "jerks", which was a little much. But if I was a team captain in the NHL, I would tell my owner that my team will never celebrate postgame by carrying on like 11-year-olds on a sugar high. If the team needs a postgame skit to sell tickets, that's why the mascot and the ice girls are on the payroll. If the owner wants a captain to lead postgame skits, then he ask somebody else in the room to wear the "C".
This is a better question for the guys in Florida. I can't tell you who has looked good so far. Munoz seems like a lock for the bench role, given his strong offensive showing last season and his ability to play seven positions. How many guys can play third base, shortstop, second base AND center field? Gyorko has been an obvious trade candidate since the Goldschmidt trade. It would take significant injuries to get him a lot of ABs here and another team could develop a need for a starting infielder. As for Robinson, he would balance up the bench. But I wonder about his offensive track record. He is a .252 career hitter in his minor league career and a .204 hitting in 216 big league at bats. Martinez/Gyorko/Munoz/Wieters would be an impressive bench, with O'Neill as protection against Ozuna's shoulder.
I can't recall seeing such a thing. I figured that the second goal would not count. I looked it up, Rule 78.6, and that's the case. In the case of a belated goal, the clock is reset to the time of the belated
The Blues will call up some "Black Aces" at some point, once the Rampage are done playing. The organization wants Kyrou, Kostin, Walman, et al playing. Guys like Blais and Butler could get some play as the Blues rest battered guys before the playoffs, assuming their spot in the bracket is set.
Wieters and Pena are essentially fighting for the back-up spot behind Molina. The loser could end up exiting to seek a big league job elsewhere. I imagine Wieters will get the job if he shows well, for the reason you mentioned. His switch-hitting skills would be welcome. Andrew Knizner needs to play a lot at Triple-A, so the other catcher at Memphis will have to accept a support role there.
Same as last week: Mikolas, Martinez, Wacha, Flaherty and Wainwright. Obviously Martinez is now questionable for Opening Day with his chronic shoulder issue, so my next pick would be Reyes -- if is he is good to go. Given the injury history with Martinez, Wacha, Wainwright and Reyes, it's safe to say that the rotation could be fluid this season. Fortunately the Cardinals have uncommon depth there.
Ryan Howard aged very, very badly. The end of that deal was ugly, as is the end of Albert Pujols' deal in Anaheim. But we will need to judge Harper on the first seven or eight years of his contract. If Bryce delivers steady protection through his prime years, the Phillies are fine with what happens at the back end. As noted earlier in the chat, the later years of that contract is essentially deferred money.
Ask the guys in Florida about Fowler. They see the guy swing the bat. How he swings through the next four weeks is more important that the numbers he puts up. Veteran players, in particular, use these exhibition games to tinker a bit. Just as you can't read too much into big spring production by eager prospects, you can't get too upset by poor numbers posted by tinkering veterans. Unless, of course, the hitter in question appears helpless at the plate.
A Cardinal Hall of Famer? No. Like you say, he didn't spend enough time here and he was part of a team-wide drug problem that forced Whitey Herzog to blow up his roster.
Kyrou is too talented to trap in the AHL next season, so it gets interesting. The Blues love what Maroon brings to the chemistry here, but there is some crowding as you note. Zach Sanford has slipped a bit lately, but he is still developing. MacEachern has made a case for himself, but can he keep it up? Blais has earned a spot here and yet he has to ride the San Antonio shuttle. Giving up on Fabbri might be a mistake. The NHL is a skating league and he is showing flashes of his old self. There will be some decisions to make here. Perhaps the Blues will convert some of his surplus into draft picks this summer while restocking. But there are no obvious calls to make with this group.
A lot went wrong for the Cardinals last year and they still won 88 times. They made two quality additions with Goldschmidt and Miller and there is plenty of room for improvement from many younger guys and some key veterans who suffered down campaigns. And as always, the Cardinals have the ability to add talent as needed.
Come on, he his honeymoon will last a few months anyway. But, again, I would have picked the Giants instead.
I believe he will need more like $30 million a year if he hits to his ability. That is high for the Cardinals, but the man will have some leverage. Just look at the money Mikolas got. Ordinary veterans are getting dinged in this market, but productive players are still getting paid.