I agree that one more proven reliever would have put this team over the top heading into the season. But I would have aimed higher than Bud, who did overachieve here for most of last season.
I've said all along that Boras wanted to set a record with Harper and he did. Scott said Harper insisted on getting the highest total dollar amount ever, but how much of that was Boras convincing him that he needed that respect.
Hicks will need to add lots more polish to start. Can he effectively change speeds, locate his fastball and improve his secondary pitches? I believe he has a way to go on those fronts.
That is one way to look at it. But like John Mozeliak notes, players seldom opt out because the long-term dollars are just too big to walk away from. Jason Heyward is the poster player for that.
And how many players with that kind of baggage are in the team's Hall of Fame? Maybe I am wrong here, but I'm guessing it could still be a while before that sentiment fades away.
Panarin has made it pretty clear that he wants to play on one of the coasts. He is looking at big markets and/or markets close to the beach. As for trading those players, the Blues are the hottest team in the league. the chemistry is great. At the moment there is no reason to blow up the nucleus. This team is built to win this season and next. So I'm guessing Armstrong will give the team its chance to make a run, making relatively minor adjustments along the way.
As I noted earlier, that would likely be his position.
Martinez posted earned-run averages of 3.01, 3.04 and 3.64 from 2015-17 in the rotation. That's high-end stuff, so, no, he should start ahead of Reyes in the rotation of healthy. Let's see if Alex can hold up for a month at this level before moving him ahead of a pitcher with a years-long track record.
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I see them as third-and fourth-line guys, albeit good ones. MacEachern and Sanford rank there as well. I believe Blais could play up on a second line with his skill set. Thomas and Kyrou have Top 6 forward potential. And I still think Kostin can get there. He's just so young. Dominik Bokk is another potential Top 6 guy.
If both Ozuna and Goldschmidt exit after this season, that would sure leave am offensive hole. So I do believe the Cardinals will spend big on Goldschmidt if wants to stick around. I don't see the 2020 free-agent market offering the right solutions at the right price for this franchise and it's unlikely that prospects like Nolan Gorman and Elehuris Montero would be ready to produce at a high level.
It will be hard to top the "MVP3" impact the Cardinals gained by getting Edmonds and Rolen. Even if Goldschmidt plays to his potential, I'm not sure he finishes anywhere but third on that list behind Edmonds and Rolen.
He's not getting 13 years here!
That team is in a total rebuild. The Royals could lose 100 games and they will want to graduate younger players sooner than later. Wieters is in the twilight. Not sure that is a fit either way,
I agree that he has earned a spot there. But with the Blues winning most very game, Craig Berube isn't feeling the urge to mess with hie chemistry. Constant lineup shuffling contributed to this team's trouble earlier this year.
And yet the Cardinals are the only MLB team to stay in the playoff hunt year after year after year.
The '99 Rams were an all-timer. Unheralded team wins it all -- you can't beat that. There was crappy weather in Atlanta that week, but the Super Bowl was great. Most fun ever: '01 Rams in New Orleans for the Super Bowl. Great week and another great game, albeit not the outcome fans here wanted. Villanova beating Georgetown might be the single greatest game I covered. Crazy upset. And the David Freese Game in the World Series . . . one pitch away from defeat twice and the Cardinals win. Epic stuff. I was doing the live chat during that game and let's just say the mood shifted a few times.
That is why I noted that the team would need to have an emergency guy ready. The odds of ever using that guy would be long, so if Wieters hit well enough there could be value in that.
Could be. Berube had Del Zotto in Philly. If he has something left, he could come back in Gunnarsson's spot next season.