The attrition rate among relievers is very high. These guys are casualties of maximum effort pitching and excessive usage. Across baseball, managers decided to learn harder on bullpens . . . and they did so until many bullpens broke.
There are only a couple of attractive prospects in the bucket after the earlier trades for Ozuna and Goldschmidt. Also, the competitive window won't close after this season. There is plenty of young pitching. I could see DeJong, Wong and Goldschmidt being on the infield and Knizner catching when Nolan Gorman arrives in 2021. Dylan Carlson could replace Fowler at some point. If the team re-ups Ozuna and keeps O'Neill, I could see this team remaining in the hunt for a while. That presumes some better use of free-agent spending too.
Hockey has probably changed the most. The athleticism is off the chart. The guys are bigger, faster and stronger in all sports, but with hockey playing on an enclosed surface you really notice it. Basketball would rank second in terms of change -- 6-foot-10 guys handling the ball -- followed by football and baseball. While baseball players are more athletic, the sport is still pitching, hitting and lots of standing around. There are more hard throwers now, but fundamentally the game doesn't seem as different from the 1960s as the others.
No, I don't believe this team has what it takes to get an elite starting pitcher. Very few will be on the market and many other teams are more desperate and better equipped to deal.
No, because I don't see him helping either the rotation or bullpen.
Bill Belichick. The NFL is structured for parity, yet he manages to win every year. It's crazy.
As noted earlier, this team could use an inning-eater to take some load off the younger pitchers. Ponce de Leon isn't the answer at this point. Maybe some day, but not now.
I covered the Kansas City Kings for a bit, and the old Washington Bullets as well. (I am old). Other than having to watch fat Melvin Turpin jog up and down the court wedged into a bright orange Cleveland Cavaliers jersey, it was a lot of fun being around the sport regularly.
The Blues love Maroon, but there are only so many salary cap dollars and this team has a lot of forwards. Barring a trade to move someone else, I have a hard time seeing the fit. The big remaining question is Joel Edmundson. He was just so-so last season but prime-age defensemen who log regular minutes get paid in the NHL. They just do.
There are different schools of thought on that. Some experts believe the market will never really materialize with the selling teams sticking to their unrealistic prices and some of the contenders hedging. And some folks believe the dam will break once the Yankees or Dodgers make a big play. I tend to think we won't see much right up until the end but, again, a few power teams are pushing hard and if one of them makes a deal, all heck could break loose.
If I'm Texas, I would demand Hudson. That team always needs pitching. Minor is a good cost-controlled pitching having a peak year. Shoot for the moon.
Everybody wants Madison Bumgarner, not because he is still an elite pitcher but because he competes so hard. He could really give a contender a boost. Unfortunately for contenders, the Giants could keep him and go for it this year.
Tanev and Sissons . . . what the heck? The only reason to give a bottom six forward a long-term deal is to lock in a moderate annual average value contract while expecting the salary cap to rise over time. The Blues did that with Sundqvist, but for four years, not seven. If I am grinder, I take the lifetime security and run with it. Bottom six guys hit and block shots, which can take a toll. Even with a buyout down the road, those long-term deals are sweet for the working class.
If he can't hit when he comes back, at some point he'll have to sit. Shildt is managing to win. He has a supportive managerial style, but he knows that starting a slumping player over and over and over hurts the team. Earlier this season he kept playing slumping players because he did not have great options. When most of your key guys are slumping at once, what is a manager to do?
He's attractive all right. And his general manager has been in so far over his head he hasn't seen the sky since April, so I am sure teams are working the Mets hard on this front. But I see the Cardinals way down the list of teams capable of meeting what should be the trade price.
A million factors go into a team's record when a guy is in or out. In Molina's case, most of his teammates were slumping at the same time when he was healthy and playing. Most of them have been hitting well recently, when Molina has been out. Are they hitting because Molina is not in the batting order? No, they are hitting because they finally got in a groove after scuffling for weeks or months.
I'm sure they will do something, I don't expect the pitching equivalent of landing Matt Holliday
Earlier this season that was probably true. Nobody on the roster did well leading off. Fans begged Shildt to try other people, he did and it did not go well. Lately Edman has had some nice games there, but it's not like he is a a proven .300 hitter at this level.
One problem Martinez had in relief was pitching day after day after day after day. He did rack up some saves, barely, while clearly gassed. So if you trade him you create a hole in the bullpen. How many of these guys can handle high-leverage work. When Hicks went down, that put more on everybody. And we've seen some slippage from Brebbia and Gant/
All the sports have changed. But hockey changed the most because not only did athletes become bigger, faster and strong, but the pool of potential players spread across the U.S. and all of Europe. Now you have gigantic goaltender who are agile and 6-foot-6 defensemen who skate like the wind. Also, the curved stick and the slapshot changed the game. Goalies played without masks!