I believe baseball has problem with games going too long, period, and with too little action.
The Ozuna trade was a blockbuster, so I disagree with your premise. The fact he didn't hit 35 homers or drive in 125 runs didn't lessen the magnitude of that deal. The Cards spent high-end prospects to get him.
Replacing Fowler with him would a great trade-off, but how can the Cards make that happen? The 30-homer potential would be just what this team needs on offense.
Husso needs regular work, so he is in the AHL while Allen starts most games here. If that scenario changes -- because Allen gets hurt or tanks -- then Husso could get his run as the starter here. It will be really intresting to see what Husso does for a Blues-controlled team getting a heavy workload at that level. He showed very well in the preseason.
I'll agree that signing Fowler was stupid, given all the outfield prospects this team had at the time. This team traded Grichuk, Piscotty and Sierra and it still had a surplus -- thanks, in part, to the trade that landed O'Neill and Mercado's belated development. As for O'Neill, HE WILL GET HIS CHANCE. If this guy really is a budding superstar not another Randal Grichuk, then he will get his chance.
Name the last time the Cardinals signed a guy for $350 million.
Stan Kroenke's debut in the STL, as Georgia's partner. Fell bad for the guy. No. 2 -- Lawrence Phillips meets the press after his came to the Rams. Painful!
Harper is a heck of a player and the team could use his intensity. But as noted earlier, he is no Mike Trout.
Or until DeWitt agrees to let him walk, even with those huge direct deposits heading Dexter's way for the next three years.
Yes, some guys got a little beat up because it was a very tough camp, starting with a very tough fitness test. But Fabbirt's issues are more related to being out of the game for two years. Everybody else survived but Edmundson, who is still a bit gimpy.
It's hard to find a veteran making less than $1 million. He is just a depth guy who likely ends up back on waivers once everybody is healthy.
So far he has held up at third, but let's see where his body goes as he completes his physical maturation.
The Blues did have trouble getting into their transition game. Some of that was Winnipeg playing great, some of that was Schmaltz and Butler having to play as fill-ins and some was Bouwmeester looking really rusty out there. I believe in time this team will get rolling with all four lines capable to advancing the puck with speed and control. There were a lot of missed connections in Game 1, but I expect sharper performances as key players return and guys get used to each other.
I didn't mind Jaden as much as some other guys last night. Overall the Blues had trouble getting up to speed collectively and getting on top of the Jets. That made some individuals look slower.
Munoz is a much better hitter and he plays more spots. Gyorko is also a steady fielder. I'd keep both and try to fill the third base slot for the next few years.
The power play was a lot more dangerous with two units. It's not Mike Yeo's fault that Tarasenko won't one-time shots in the right circle. Why he is holding the puck, looking around and forcing passes like the one that actually got through to O'Reilly for what should have been a goal.
They have legit scorers. No idea what you are talking about there.
Munoz can hit, run and play six positions. Hence the fascination.
That seems a little extreme. This is the danger of legalized sports gambling.