He isn't here yet unless you're counting Brendan Donovan although Sosa could serve as a backup at third if he doesn't beat out DeJong for the shortstop position.
It isn't just about signing upper-tier free agents. It also is about acquiring big-ticket players via trade and the Cardinals did that earlier this year with Arenado, who is on the same tier as anybody else at the highest level.
Good for him. Let's say how this plays when he's a 40-year-old power pitcher.
He will be on an opening-day roster, I predict. But not this one.
The difference is that there more looser lips in the baseball fraternity and there often is too much information or misinformation out there while negotiations are going on.
He could be all that you say he is. But we need to see it over a longer period of time. Fourth outfielder is as far as I would go, right now.
His injuries this year may have some impact in an arbitration hearing. But we also don't know what the new rules are going to be regarding arbitration or free agency. So Flaherty isn't signing anything yet.
The Cardinals probably figured they couldn't get Matz unless they gave him a fourth year. They had to have a lefthanded starter, presumably one who throws strikes and ground-ball outs.
And happy holidays to you, too. Gorman isn't being traded. DeJong could be, I guess, but the market isn't there yet until we see which teams don't wind up with shortstops when the dust settles.
The other side of this issue has been represented. But the firing was handled sloppily, no matter which side you take.
Hudson would have to make it to mid-season without incident before I would talk long-term. The Cardinals can't go all pitching here. They have to get more depth offensively. I like Stroman but his number might have just gone up today.
This should be about a 24-10 game, Georgia.
That would be Frank Lane.
The Cardinals still would go with 13 pitchers, I believe.
This contract is a lot less than those ladled out to Dexter Fowler and Mike Leake, who both got $80 million or more for five years.