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Yadier Molina is an extremely proud man. That colors everything he says, some of which is cringeworthy. And that pride will not allow him to take a salary he finds insulting. As for the chance to put up more counting numbers . . . I have no idea if that really matters to him at the end of the day. We shall see.
I can't imagine a world where Arenado opts out of that contract. He has crazy money due to him in his 30s in an industry that is taking a massive losses. But to address your question, I imagine any team acquiring him would want certainty on that question. I believe contracts can be reworked to change an opt-out clause. If Arenado decided now that he wanted to keep the contract, I imagine most teams interested in him would want Colorado to pick up some of that money,
A healthy Martinez with his mechanics smoothed out would have considerable value at his salary, A healthy Mikolas with his old command would have some value, although he's overpaid by pandemic standards. Fowler has no value at his pay and Carpenter has less than no value.
Sure, Colorado would love both of those guys and the chance to walk away from that crushing financial obligation.
Did I miss something? Is the pandemic over? Can the Cardinals put 40,000 tickets on sale for each game?
These guys are getting tested constantly. The NHL wants to play as many games as possible. This is not college basketball, where only some of the teams pay players. The NHL does not want to have a 56-game season where some teams end up playing 28 or 30 games. So the league will proceed with some caution, but the standard for postment will be fairly high.
The DH looks to be a no-go this year, so Adam will get his chance to hit. And without, he'll get a few pinch-hit opportunities too. This was a smart move because Wainwright was one of the better pitchers on the team a year ago and his leadership will be valued with an army of young guys learing the ropes. Will this move convince Molina to return? We'll see, but John Mozeliak reminded us Friday that the team will have a lower payroll in 2021. That complicates the Molina situation as well as the on-again Arenado trade chatter.
Sure, those guys would interest the Rockies. Zack Thompson, Ivan Herrera, Johan Oviedo, Kodi Whitley . . . the Cardinals have quite a few attractive prospects.
Colorado fans would to see Fowler raking big coin to hit .235 while their beloved Arenado played for the Cardnals . . .
It seems like this dance has been going on for years. I guess the Cardinals have to do something to excite the fan base.
Matt takes the Jim Thome Approach to hitting, so maybe he could see hitting in high altitude as a way to get another contract. But I can't imagine a team taking on any of that money if the possibility existed.
If somebody wants to underwrite that, then it would be possible. That person would need deep pockets.
Sure, teams will be more likely to hang onto draft picks and prospects on their entry-level deal. Then again, a lot of teams have needs on defense for the time being Dunn offers a high skill level at a low cost. His big earning years are ahead, but a resticted free agent in a flat-cap era won't get the sort of money he could have a few years ago.
As I note every week, the Cardinals intend to stay in the hunt this year. Flaherty can help them do that at a low cost. At some point it may be time to trade him, if efforts to lock him into a long-term deal. Now does not seem to be that time.
With Cubs in cost-cutting mode, that was a bit surprising to me. I believe Pederson is a better fit for them for the reasons you mention, but I was surprised they opened the vault for him after moving on from others.
Basically the Green Bay Packers told Tom Brady, "I bet you can't get one more first down." That, of course, was a terrible bet. Go for the TD and if you get it, go for 2 points. Play to win.
Nah. This team wants a lower payroll for next season. I did not see the Cardinals going there. They have two corner outfielders that can hit from the left side.
If Colorado wants to eat a bunch of that money AND take one of the bad Cardinals contracts, then this proposition might get into his comfort zone. But it seems like the Rockies could do better than that in the marketplace -- or at least they could have a few months ago before the big spenders got busy.