God bless Vince McMahon, but I view this relaunch with immense skepticism. I just can't imagine an audience for this. I'm sure St. Louis would be considered, as a jilted NFL market. I do know some folks who have fallen out of the NFL coaching circuit would be interested in giving this a try, assuming that the checks didn't bounce.
All three outfielders were in play as the Marlins held their fire sale. Actually, the top Cardinals priority was Giancarlo Stanton. There was a trade to be had there, but he refused to come here. The Cardinals did express an interest in Yelich, too. Because Yelich had more term left on his contract, there was some though Miami could hang onto him -- but after Yelich complained about the direction the franchise was taking, the Marlins traded him as well.
Norris, Hicks and Martinez should be in play for the ninth inning this weekend -- although Carlos figures to take today off after his two-inning save Wednesday. Shildt made it clear that he hasn't given up on Norris and Hicks hasn't exactly been a lockdown guy. He has had to work out of trouble quite a bit.
The obvious guy is Fowler, but that contract makes it highly improbable. Otherwise the team looks pretty good from the position standpoint. As for the pitching, let's see who is healthy. Lots of question marks there with health and plenty of those guys have options left.
Maybe Ozuna, if he finishes the season on a really good note. In that scenario it could make sense to keep him out of free agency. Otherwise the young guys are too young to commit to.
I have paid zero attention to the Rams, but it does seem that they turned the roster over.
That would not be easy, given the architecture of the stadium. And there would be no point to it, really. Rainouts aren't an issue here and while air conditioning would be great, the cost would be ridiculous.
I will let you know next week when the camp shifts to downtown. I have not been in the building.
I'm guessing if all goes well in this game he will join the Cardinals, presumably in the bullpen. If the Redbirds advance, I don't know if they would have enough games for him to work again at that level. In my mind Wacha has run out of time to build starter endurance -- especially since his previous start went astray. Wacha's health has been pretty delicate, so it seems silly to push him. And with Adam Wainwright joining the rotation, I don't see the need.
No, because the Cubs have been winning lots of games too. This is no surprise, since they have been the heavy favorite to win the division all along. Some of that big Cubs finish was getting guys healthy and some of that was running into teams (Reds, Mets, Tigers, now the Nationals) that have packed it in for the year. Teams that are still trying to win can do lots of damage in the final month.
Untouchable? Flaherty over Hicks, for sure. I would put Bader there as well. He is so unique with his ability to save runs in center field. Reyes used to be untouchable, but after two major injuries I assume he is touchable. Not that the Cardinals would trade a guy when he was stock was low, but I'm guess Alex doesn't have the standing he did when he was healthy. I don't believe the Cardinals are eager to move guys like Hudson or Poncedeleon, but at some point something will have to give if most of the guys stay healthy.
If the Cardinals paid top dollar, I'm guessing he would give it a look. I don't know that he HAS to play in New York or LA, as Stanton did. That said, I can't imagine the Cardinals making the most lucrative offer when we're looking at the high side of $30 million per season.
A guy who comes in at the halfway mark is an odd choice for manager of the year -- especially when there are managers who have guided teams out of rebuilding mode into the playoff race.
The Cubs have some issues, notably with closing out the ninth inning with Morrow remaining on the shelf. But that team has clicked offensively since getting Murphy. Add Kris Bryant and Addison Russell into the mix and there is more heft and depth. So they are going to win a lot of games. Meanwhile the Cardinals have suffered some bullpen slippage. But adding Wainwright and potentially Wacha and Mayers to the pitching pile creates crazy depth for this team and regaining Wong and Gyorko will help the offense. I see both teams winning a lot. I see the Brewers winning a lot. This is going to be fun. The Cubs have played a lot of big games in recent years and perhaps that experience/confidence will be the deciding factor in their favor.
No, I think the absence of an ocean is one factor. And look at the amenities Chicago and New York offer. Those are great places to live if you are rich. We always joke that St. Louis has become Wichita with an arch, but sports teams aside there is some truth to that.
Brett Hull is the runaway winner because he had explosive talent and he was the all-time most quotable athlete, by a mile. If he didn't like something you wrote or did, he would be on you big-time. But he always brought the "A" material.
There would be reason to trade Ozuna. This team needs more offense, not less. If the team ends up renting him for a year before he hits free agency, so be it. He's had a decent year with a bad shoulder and there is a good chance he will take it up a notch if he is healthier for the "walk" year of his contract. And again, I would not rule out at least offering him an extension if he closes out the season on a good note. Fowler's contract is something of an obstacle, but this team has a LOT of cost-controlled talent to balance the budget.