Geez, you would like to see Missouri get 50,000 in there anyway. TigerFan talks a lot of stuff about wanting a program that can hang with SEC heavyweights, but when it comes down to actually supporting the team in numbers . . .
It's easy to say, just eat about $50 million in salary to send Fowler home. But it's a business and DeWitt has never had to eat that sort of money. Besides, Ozuna has a bad shoulder, Bader offers a small work sample, O'Neill has struck out a LOT in his tiny sample and Martinez has defensive issues. Hence the case for playing it out to see if the kids are truly legit and what the veterans can't or can't do next time around.
Arenado can test free agency in 2020, so he would just be a rental player. I bet he takes, say, $20 million to play next season and then takes his chances in the market. Any deal for him would have to include a long-term contract extension and he will let Bryce Harper and Manny Machado set his market.
It could come to that for sure, but I am guessing the Cardinals give up time-honored opportunity for redemption. It's not like he is an unpopular teammate. If he flopped again next season for a month or two, then the franchise would have no choice but to pay him to go away.
The owner got conned into that deal by the agent. The fact it was so back-loaded always spelled trouble for the Angels, even in that big market. There is $87 million in nearly dead money left on that deal. Ouch.
True, but given the investment the team at least has to see if he has a bounce-back season left. If he does, they can string the kids along while hoping for a better trade opportunity. Remember, he was a pretty good offensive player last season. He moved down in the order when Carpenter couldn't do so effectively.
I don't know how weak the SEC East is going to be after those coaching changes. And the Tigers have to catch a couple of those rebuilding "name" programs on the road, along with the very well-coached Purdue team. If Odom can get to 9 with this team -- even counting a bowl victory -- then he deserves an extension and more time to build. From where this program slipped to, back-to-back bowl teams with Year 3 improvement and recruiting advances would make his case.
Earlier in the chat I said now, but the Twitterverse is picking up a Donaldson vibe.
He has had one huge season and some OK years. If Ozuna would look at a contract that realistically reflects that so-so track record, great, but if I'm him I bet on myself, shoot for a big year and test the market. And the Cardinals could use that season to get a better handle on Bader, O'Neill. Adolis Garcia and the others.
Obviously the club reviewed his medical records. If there was structural damage in the joint, the club passes on the deal. Irritation? That's baseball. Lots of guys have irritation. As for the cortisone shot, sometimes that makes a world of difference. We'll see soon enough. Bad shoulder and all, Ozuna was having a nice August before shutting down. Let's see if he looks like his old self after this break.
The Matheny criticism was way over the top. The guy had a lot of success despite losing key player after key player to injuries season after season. Obviously Matheny's message got stale and his inability to handle the outside negativity helped led to his downfall. He got tight and the team got tight. Tactically, Shildt made some early mistakes (benching J. Martinez, batting DeJong third) he had to correct. Also, he benefited from the bullpen purge and Fowler's timely injury. But give him credit for loosening up the group and getting the guys playing freely and aggressively again.
If Adam finishes the season well, I could see him coming back for one more shot with a make-good contract. This was not the way he wanted to end his career.Would he be a great coach? But like I always say, he will have a family to enjoy in retirement and coaching may appeal to him more down the road after some downtime with the kids.
Seems like a good fit and the money can't be that big, right? Despite that earlier (alleged) kerfuffle with Hicks, everybody seems cool now. Veterans in the bullpen are always helpful.
As mentioned in this chat and others, that could be the one big play the Cardinals make in the offseason instead of going outside for a third baseman with more offensive presence than Gyorko. This team has seen what great range has meant over at second base.
Not sure he profiles as a starter just yet. Perhaps his versatility could work against him. He can legitimately play the left side of the infield and also play all three outfield spots. Who else in the game can do that? Like George Costanza would say, "he has a rocket for an arm!"
There would be no harm in taking another look at him, unless somehow another team comes along and wants to take all or even most of his contract with his '19 season sight unseen. Then the Cardinals make that deal ASAP.
They could have put a claim on a litany of guys that made through waivers. As noted earlier, blocking doesn't seem to be a big thing for GMs because a lot of guys get through. Why did the Rockies let the Cardinals claim Matt Adams, who did big damage for the Nationals earlier this season and Atlanta last season?
Does that include Wainwright? And which Wainwright? He could be healthy, but diminished by age. That is the tricky one. Mikolas, Flaherty and Martinez would have to be in there. Then Wacha, assuming healthy. Gomber would be nice to balance things up, so perhaps it could come down to him or Wainwright with Reyes trying his latest comeback out of the bullpen.
I don't see an outfield that has "third base" written all over him. Like I said earlier, Munoz can play everywhere, but he is a freak that way. Down the road, the team hopes Nolan Gorman or Elehuris Montero could be that guy. Both are special prospects.
Sure, they could. But Fowler doesn't have Heyward's defensive ability and the Cardinals can't match the Cubs offensive depth, so this team will need more out of right field. Give Dexter his chance, but then move on if he can't get it done.
Norris is not going to command Holland money, in terms of salary, or Cecil money, in term. It seems like he is a fit here and at this stage of his career I believe he would sign a deal that reflects that.
Maybe, but does he want to extend it that badly? He would have to be a middle reliever with his stuff and that is low-leverage, low-profile work. Not sure it's worth it just to stay in uniform. He is proud guy, as almost every big leaguer is.
Yeah, he is fine. He can play multiple spots and hold up at third. He isn't hitting as many homers, but he is putting more balls in play. He has performed well moving in and out of the lineup and that's not easy. He could end up buying the Cardinals time to see how the two young third basemen develop.
Sure, Hudson could start some day. That is how he was projected coming out of college. The Cardinals were overloaded on starting pitching prospects and understaffed with young relievers, so he is just lending a hand there.
OK, good times! But time to roll on after three hours. See you next time. Thanks for all the questions and comments.