He has to come back at this point, right? 100 percent. This team was dead in the water. As I noted earlier this season, he brought the team together. The team atmosphere went stale, ala the Cardinals, and Berube somehow fixed that. His ability to do that without Doug Armstrong having to change up the roster speaks volumes about his leadership.
Maybe the Dodgers win the bidding if they offered him longer term. They threw some crazy money on the table for the short term, but Harper did not want to bet on himself.
In the old 21-team days I was at 100 percent. The memories! Maple Leaf Gardens, Le Colissee, Montreal Forum, Chicago Stadium . . . those were the great stops. I haven't been to many of the new ones, but for Barclay's Center (ugh) in Brooklyn, revamped Madison Square Garden (good), and XCel Energy Center (excellent) in St. Paul. Today I would put Vegas on the bucket list for the fun factor and Toronto and Montreal on the list for the history.
Blais could end up in somebody's Top 6 some day and folks around the league will wonder where he came from. For now, Sanford is probably the closest forward to playing his way out of the mix. And Fabbri is still doing some rust scraping.
His best defensive position might be center field. He has the tools to be a capable infielder, but let's remember that he is early in his development. It's not easy to play all over the field as a young player. But his ability to play seven spots AND hit makes him valuable. In the current roster configuration, Goldschmidt bumping Carpenter to third makes Gyorko the primary infield substitute, so I'm not sure how much infield work Munoz will get.
The Cardinals are willing to give Goldschmidt a contract that might be a bit rich in the last year or two. Why? Because he is an elite hitter in the near term. There is value in that. Some waste at the back of a contract is a price of doing business. There is a limit to how much of that the Cardinals will accept, though, and that is why Harper did not get a 13-year offer here.
Apparently the Royals never offered Wieters a contract to back up Perez, so I'm not sure they are looking to take him away from the Cardinals. We shall see what Plan B looks like in K.C.
Again, if he is an excellent hitter, the Cardinals can prepare somebody to be the 1-on-10,000 chance emergency fill-in for a few innings.
I don't know if anybody ever got franchise relocation language in their contract, but that might be a good idea.
I was talking about the offseason. This team has great chemistry. I see no motivation to blow it up for next year. I certainly don't see anybody on the market worth that sort of gamble.
The Cardinals won a World Series with Anthony Reyes and Jeff Weaver winning games. And the Dodgers have not a won a World Series with Clayton Kershaw. Ditto the Nationals with Max Scherzer.
Carlos Martinez not having enough fun? I am not sure any human has ever raised that concern before.
He has been below average for the Cubs in that position. Obviously the Cardinals crashed there last season with Dexter Fowler's half season of misery. Right field needs to be an offensive position, so I can't imagine that Fowler will start again this season if he is hitting .180.
There is not enough money to get Missouri to play on those campuses. Maybe such a thing could sell as a two-day event at Enterprise Center, but, again, it would take real money.
This team could afford both Goldschmidt and Ozuna, assuming Marcell gets healthy. Molina and Carpenter are nearing the end of the big-dollar days so there is long-term room for such investments.
Kyrou will be fine. Given a time to fit into the current system and atmosphere I believe he could flourish just as Thomas has. (Thomas did arrive with a better two-way game, but he needed a lot of time to adapt.) With the team winning, Kyrou must wait his turn. My guess is Armstrong will clear a path for him with some offseason moves.
Did the Cardinals have to trade Lankford away in his prime -- in a giveaway trade, no less -- due to his role in a team-ruining crisis?
The Cardinals missed the playoffs repeatedly on La Russa's watch. And it also won World Championships with teams nobody regarded as a juggernaut. In reality, this ownership has had the same attitude throughout. As luck would have it, the NL Central got tougher when the Cubs did the tank-and-rebuild thing. And the Cardinals took some massive injury hits.