I wrote that Class AAA Memphis had one of the biggest acquisitions of a surging team in baseball. I stand by that. They had a long winning streak and added a potential ace.
It was definitely a starting pitcher, as you said. I was told it was a shorter-term move, and I believe that means a rental. The Cardinals had been in talks with Minnesota about an array of pitchers, and that would have included Pineda. I have been trying to check to see if they got anywhere or pursued Cobb. He would have also fit that general description that I got from a source later.
I thought the same thing about the rotation in February. We'll see.
I don't see any alternative. That's really not how the team will make the decision -- sorry about having to write that. But also they need to know what they have. They can't hide a pitcher making that much money and then hope they know what they have with someone who has thrown less than 60 pitches in two seasons of baseball. Better to start him, get information, get some results, get something to make a decision with more information. Fan reaction is going to be fan reaction, and the loudest of it is always going to be negative. And it's only getting louder.
If it's a lockout, it will start with spring training. Teams won't permit players to report to camp without a deal. If it's a strike, then we'll know that's what it is when they don't show up for spring training. The expiration of the CBA is in early December -- but there's no games at that time, so all that it will hold up is the market for signing free agents. They'll have several months before they face what kind of work stoppage it will be. And, yeah, it's unlikely that teams will move on free agents without knowing what the rules are.
I should have included that, yes. I was going off the current roster. Oversight on my part. That's $14.5m, so you're talking about a neighborhood of $40m when you get that group included.
Yes, already acknowledged my mistake and I'm remedying that. Good catch.
Fowler just discussed. Arenado's situation described earlier, as was the situation with Wainwright and Molina. Please don't forget the money owed players via raise. That's real, too, and it could be more depending on how the CBA goes, honestly.
Lower than they'd like, for sure. Sparse at times. No sellouts yet. Below 30K on Sunday, and a beautiful day Saturday with a bobblehead and number retirement didn't draw more than 40K. People are finding other ways to spend their entertainment dollar and there's still a pandemic going on with one of the nation's hot spots for the Delta variant being right here in Missouri.
There's always a chance. It's low. Nostalgia is a powerful elixir, but not as powerful as production. And the Cardinals could go out and get a player/outfield who changes the look of the lineup as an everyday player. Or they could look to one of their rising prospects as a fit for that spot while sharing positions elsewhere. If Pujols is the most productive bat they can get for the DH spot, I think fans would be right to wonder if the team chose selling romance over contending.
Solid B. Twins get an A. Amazing add for them.
Sure seems that way. Really impressive advancement for him. Truly.
I don't know. The CBA clouds everything.
Of course Arozarena would have a higher fantasy baseball value than a player not in the majors. Maybe he's talking about some other form of fantasy baseball -- an auction league where owners of teams like to dream on prospects, overvalue on them because they haven't failed yet, and refuse to trade them. Wait, a minute, that sounds familiar ...