Yeah, they beat up on the Pirates and Reds after playing .500 ball for more than half the season. Mozeliak knows the tough games are upon us. If the Cardinals win 11 of their next 13 without making any upgrades, get back to me.
I see Pietrangelo getting more. Trouba has had one really good NHL season. I like him a long, but he's had one really good season. Pietrangelo has played at a high level for years. He is the captain of a Stanley Cup champion. So I could see him getting more than $8 milllion.
So that's one person who believes Madison Bumgarner is a head case.
This was a trade of AHL defensemen. Schmaltz got many chances here and never measured up. So he moves for another guy who is essentially a decent puck-moving depth guy.
Only if I had Ozuna on a contract for the long haul. Even then I might not want to risk having Munoz play a lot of center field. And I would want a mid-rotation starter with contract term left to trade away O'Neill's power potential
No. And it was evident that whatever he did didn't work, so it became a non-story.
Yes, the farm system is depleted for the reasons you mentioned.
Berube kept playing Schwartz when he wasn't scoring. Same with Schenn. Both guys were way off the previous production. He stuck with Bouwmeester when he was struggling. He stepped on Perron for what, one day? He moved guys up and down the lineup, but even in Steen's case he still played a lot as a fourth-liner -- between 13 and 17 1/2 minutes per game during the Cup Final. He played Binnington ahead of Allen in the playoffs because the guy was playing at a crazy level. If Edman does the same for the Cardinals -- which would be, say, hitting .300 with lots of homers, RBIs and stolen bases over a sustained period -- then I imagine Shildt would play him ahead of a slumping Carpenter at some point
Guys are coming and going from Memphis all the time, often depending who has a fresh arm and who is tapped out for the Cardinals. Leone and Helsley are two guys we should see again, for instance. And who knows, maybe Brett Cecil arrives at some point.
Sure, this team has that potential for the reasons you mentioned. Dunn and Parayko have more offense to offer as well. If Jordan Kyrou recovers from surgery can gets his game in gear, that could be another plus.
I touched on Sissons earlier, expressing bafflement. But the Neal/Lucic is easy to explain -- bad contract for bad contract, two teams betting on a scenery change. Calgary has some offensive depth, so the Flames want Lucic to lean on people as a supporting cast player. Edmonton has zero offensive depth on the wings, so the Oilers hope exposing Neal to McDavid or Draisaitl cold revive him.
Every team would like to do what Tampa Bay has done -- get guys to sign well below value. The lack of a state income tax helps there, as does the pleasant setting. And that team is loaded. Players like playing on loaded teams. Some players are willing to take less to stay with a great team because they are happy there. If you're happy, why move? Will the extra money make much a difference to your life? Other guys want to get paid market value and the respect that comes with that. Right now the Maple Leafs are wrestling with Mitch Marner on that. It seems Mitch wants to get paid what Mitch is worth.
The Cardinals are tied for first place. Right now there are what, three NL teams with a better record? Then then there are the 11 straight winning seasons preceding this one, with playoff appearances, pennants, World Championship and so forth on Mozeliak's watch. Perhaps you need to go on a Pirates or Reds chat.
Sure, he needs to mature. And maybe he never will. But he's had a fair amount of success here despite that. Maybe he will never achieve the stardom many expected of him, but it could be worse. Look at what poor Alex Reyes has gone through.
Winner winner chicken dinner. At least in one of the leagues.
Connor McDavid. There is just a whole other level there with that guy. Imagine if he had two great linemates and two good lines behind his keeping some pressure off. And a great power play. He could scored 150 points.
Wong has delivered nice production at second base the last two months, so there is no need to spend assets to upgrade there. Assuming Ozuna plays at some point next month, that would be like adding Castellanos. This team needs more pitching.
He is a great athlete and he can steal games. But like you say, Bob got paid despite a poor playoff track record. That's good news for Binnington, who could get Jake Allen's money, and then some, if he keeps doing what he has done.
He's been more than OK this month. And that was necessary, since Hicks' injury forced Martinez to close and everybody else to move up one spot in the pecking order.