You look at their base numbers -- average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and so forth -- and they are pretty similar. Harper has a notably better on-base percentage. As for the defensive metrics, I was surprised that Goldschmidt's weren't better.
Not at all. Edman has taken at bats from Carpenter. Fowler has moved into the leadoff spot and played a lot of center field. DeJong moved down in the order and Wong moved up. Bader found himself in Memphis. Thomas and Arozarena got big-league looks. Who anticipated any of this when the team broke spring training with what appeared to be a set lineup?
Drew Robinson wasn't a free agent, he was acquired in a minor league trade.
Not totally, but the Cardinals do have to fill in behind Ponce de Leon and Gomber. Hence all those draft picks spent on college pitchers who could rise quickly to at least provide depth. The Cardinals moved some good arms to get Ozuna and Goldschmidt.
I don't see massive turnover either way. Ozuna's status is up in the air, but the rest of the position players are locked into contracts and we've seen what the farm system has to offer. I can see this team adding a starting pitcher for the rotation and at least one more capable of adding depth.
No, he has not shown me that.
Yeah, the Oilers are shockingly bad. All those high draft picks and they are a mess. they have a couple of superstars, two or three really good players . . . .and then nothing. Hitchcock did what he could by playing McDavid and Draisaitl as much as humanly possible.
That's not a bad call. Miro Heiskanen is going to be a megastar on defense and Pavelski and Perry give them more scoring. Maybe Roope Hintz breaks out too. Nashville could roll, too, if Duchene pans out on the second line and that team gets its power-play going again.
People still play fantasy football. And they still wager. So there is still a good audience for the sport. I watch a lot of college football myself since getting out of fantasy football.
Yeah, and Kadri will strengthen the second line and the power play. That defense will be really good in a couple of years, but this season it will miss Tyson Barrie.
The shorter contract for young, elite RFA gives both sides a lot of think about. Before players were jumping past the bridge deal right to the giant dollars over maximum them. Now they want giant dollars plus an early shot at unrestricted free agency.
One year deals won't get them there. You need seven years in the league and/or be 27 or older.
That kid is a unique talent. While the Flames haven't paid anybody more than $6.75 million per season to this point, salaries are going up and the franchise will have to pay. And it's not like re-upping Schenn will be cheap.
The free-agent market crashed on outfielders. So I would qualify him and then see what happens with the market. Letting him go because there are so many other outfielders because we know how that can turn out -- the Cardinals could up with a bunch of No. 4-quality outfielders and big lineup hole.
OK, that's it for this week. See you next time! Have a good Labor Day Weekend.