This team has very few elite prospects. Gorman and Carlson top that list. The core group of Cardinals has some age on it. So, no, I would not trade those guys for one-plus years of bullpen depth.
Urban Meyer was in that Top 3, but now he is gone. Jimbo Fisher and Brian Kelly have been at it for a while, but I'm not sure I can put them there. Maybe I go with a newbie and bet on Kirby Smart to become the next headliner.
So many stories, so little time. As I've said before, the highlight has to be his press box tirades during games -- and at the old Chicago Stadium he was jammed next to Blackhawks front office types while he raged against Denis Savard and Co. with withering personal insults. There was no way to shield folks from Caron in that building.
He is rehabbing his knee after surgery. Presumably he is adding overall strength in the process. Once he is back to full speed, he will need to prove he can backcheck with enthusiasm and play within the team structure. Thomas figured it out as a rookie and young forwards Barbashev, Sundqvist, Sanford and Blais all progressed nicely this season under Berube.
The Dodgers are much better than the Cardinals this season. But their last 15 years look like the last 11 Cardinals season . . . minus the World Championships. And they have far greater revenues in a much, much bigger market.
Edman just broke out of a 7-for-44 slump, so he is not a proven commodity in that spot. His run production has been great lately in a small sample, but will that last? I like Munoz, but what does he have, 100 at bats? We'll see where Carpenter hits when he recovers from his latest injury. We may see Shildt rotation guys in that leadoff spot while waiting to see if Carpenter ever gets back on track.
Have they ruled out Ozuna? Not sure that decision has been made. If he was healthy, he would be playing. O'Neill has had a nice little run, but he could end up in center field if Bader doesn't hit. Or he could land in right if Fowler can hold up in center.
The Aho offer sheet was a joke. The dollars were low on that. That offer actually did the Hurricanes a favor. It pinned Aho into a contract that will actually be under market value in a few years. The bet was that owner Tom Dundon was broke and that he couldn't afford the up front money. Apparently Dundon is not broke, despite losing all that coin on semi-pro football. I guess the agent got pissed off and talked Marc Bergevin into that one. As for giving Marner or Point an offer sheet, losing those picks would be worth it for a really good team that somehow had cap space for a superstar. If those first-round picks are in the 20s, the odds of finding a cornerstone forward are bad. Marner, in particular, is worth it. Point is a nice player, but he just had a peak year on an offensive juggernaut. I believe Marner is that rare talent that sacrifice to get.
Given his slow rate of recovery, we could be well into August before Ozuna plays again. Once healthy, he will need to see a fair amount of live pitching before playing again.
The offseason is fun in the NBA, but then teams have to sell tickets for the games. A handful of teams come out ahead in the scramble and the rest of the league deals with a disillusioned fan base. Roster instability takes a toll.
I think you are trying to hard to hate on Carpenter here.
That team had Anthony Reyes vs. Justin Verlander in the World Series.
No, because I wasn't there and I didn't read much beyond what Dave Matter wrote for us.
There are a few prospects this organization does not want to trade. But there may be a way to add some stability to the rotation and that would certainly be worth a shot.
Guys have been swinging for the fences all year. Lately, more balls have gone out. I don't recall seeing Paul Goldschmidt or Paul DeJong taking many half cuts his year, just trying to chip balls over the infield.
I would be shocked if anybody connected to the NFL gave a rat's ascot with how the XFL does in St. Louis. Why would they?
Just look at who's in their farm system, notice that there are two well-rated prospects doing well, notice that is not much else to recommend anywhere else on the four full-season teams. . . and there's your conclusion.
St. Louis had hosted NASCAR events for years. Nothing changed there. As for NASCAR regaining the popularity its top circuit enjoyed back in they heyday of Other Jeff Gordon, I am skeptical.
Wacha could survive the season. Or he might not. Right now Wacha is a mop-up guy. And right now the staff is not good enough and I'd expect at least one addition from the outside and perhaps one more arm from Memphis.
You are probably correct about that. People just seem to enjoy calling for his head. It's emotionally satisfying.