Bobo's here, and we have some ballplayers.
I do not believe there is a lost list of general managers fired after reaching the postseason seven times in a 10-year span, but I could be mistaken.
As I just noted, Arozarena was behind other young outfielders at the time of the trade. He had 1,149 minor league at bats for the Cardinals and his single-season high for homers was 15. Maybe he is the New Mookie Betts now, but it's not like the Cardinals made a hasty decision to move him out of their outfield stack.
Well, you could the playoffs year after year despite spending big money in a big market, like the Phildelphia Phillies and New York Mets.
Mozeliak knew Ozuna could hit. He also knew he had a budget to meet. If this was strictly a talent deal, then Ozuna would still be here.
After missing the playoffs for three straight years, the Cardinals signed Goldschmidt to get back in the hunt. And so the trade paid off as hoped.
Interesting case. The guy was belittled his whole career, but he put up counting numbers through longevity and he became a winner. The Pro Football Hall of Fame voting process is politcal scrap and the New York media would have to push hard during the selection process. I'm not sure those guys will rally to Little Brother's side on that.
No, because it's obvious what Krug can and can't do. He is a known commodity. Teams can't keep all of thier good players. I believe the Bruins decided a while back to move on from Krug, count on their younger D-men too step up, and prepare to use future cap space to replace the aging Bergeron, Krejci and Marchand during the nexr six-year span.
Wong has been here his whole career. He is still in his athletic prime. History tells us the Cardinals like continuity. Wong has a key role, playing a Gold Glove defense at second base and filling the leadoff role. If Wong would take a few million less in 2021 to get two or three years tacked on after that, that seems to make sense for both sides. It's like when Lance Lynn took less-than-top dollar from the Texas Rangers to gain the assurance of a three-year deal.
That's fine. And Mozeliak is measured by Bill DeWitt Jr. by this ability to put a contender on the field year after year after year. The Cardinals try to build teams through player development, not trade deadline swaps or free agency. The Cardinals have outperfromed rivals in pitching development. They have done a nice job developing hitters, too . . . but for other teams. I imagine that topic has come up once or twice in organizational meetings.
Shildt did a brilliant job this year with a team that faced unimaginable adversity. He tried everything to generate more offense, but there's not much any manager can do when just two or three guys are hitting well (or even OK) at any given time.
Krug and Faulk are both offensive minded defensemen with a history of power play success. Faulk is taller and more stout. Both will throw hits. Neither is a high- end defeder in their own zone. But Krug is a better playmaker who has been a 50-point producer while Faulk settled in the 35-point range for Carolina. As I noted earlier, Krug's arrival will put more pressure on Faulk and Vince Dunn to provide steady minutes in the defensive zone. This will be a challenge for Craig Berube and assistant coach Mike Van Ryn. Losing Jay Bouwmeester, then Alex Pietrangelo could make things dicey at the tries to adapt.
I believe Niko Mikkola will get his chance to answer that question first. He is a rangy D-man with the potential to kill penalties and give the Blues another defenders with "long levers" as the coaches say. If Krug settles in and Dunn breaks out, I am not sure much we'll see of Scott Perunovich any time soon. How many undersized D-men would Berube ever play at once?
The Golden Knights hated to see popular teammmate Nate Schmidt go to make room for Pietrangelo. And some of the incumbents were irked to see the team shop them around the league as management worked to create cap space for Pietrangelo. The franchise is putting a lot on Alex. Forunately Ryan Reaves should have his back with the boys in the room.
Maybe they could send DeWitt a fruit basket.
He is an interesting case. Playing forever is no longer an automatic pass into the Hall because a lot of guys play forever. And the whole "hasn't won a Cup" thing stuck to him more than other guys because he played on so many teams that had a chance ot win. Also, because he was so massive, I wonder if some voters will see him as an underachiever. We all have visions of Jumbo Joe looming ominously near the post, holding the puck, holding it, holding it, holding it . . . refusing to make eye contact with the goaltender while waiting to make a cross-ice pass. What if that guy had a hunger to score goals? How great could he have become?
I have thought about that as well. With Krug running the first power-play unit for the next several years and Scott Perunovich in development, Dunn might be boxed in here. And, yes, he has real trade value. I could see the Blues balancing up the right-left thing and/or looking to find a more defensive-minded player to take those minutes.