The fact Pujols makes $30 million this year would be the holdup. Also, for the moment there is no designated hitter in the National League. And if it turns out there is a DH, that's where the Cardinals could put Matt Carpenter.
Is there any team willing to take any of Carpenter's money? Is there a place Matt would go to make that happen? I'm not sure there is either. Fowler-to-Anahemi made sense for Dexter, since he lives in Las Vegas and he wil enjoy his reunion with manager Joe Maddon. That was a great outcome for him. Had Dexter stayed here, odds are the team would have phased him out as the season unfolded.
The owner, Dick Monfort, had his hands all over this maneuver. The trouble between Arenado and management began before last season and it should have been addressed then. By waiting, the Rockies let Arenado dig in on his desire to leave -- and they lost trade leverage as he go closer to his opt-out clause.
Trading Carlos Martinez remains a possibility for all the familiar reasons, whether or not the team signs Jake as a free agent. Carlos gave scouts something to see this winter, so that bears watching.
I expect Molina to return to the STL now that the Arenado trade is done and Wainwright is back in the fold. Walking away from this situation now would put a mark on Molina's legacy here. The Cardinals paid him top dollar on his previous and Mike Shildt has given him a free run to do his thing here.
This team has a lot of talent. So did the Cup-winning team, which needed months to get it together. This team does not have that same runway in a 56-game (at best) season. Berube is eager to see more consistent effort shift to shift, game to game. The Blues can lose to just about anybody if they don't get that effort -- there is that much parity in a flat salary cap league.
Faulk has been a good power-play player in his career. He has earned that love with his strong all-around play. So, sure, giving him some looks makes sense for a team that's not quite clicking with the man advantage.
I'm a old school guy, so I'd like him fourth behind Goldschmidt.
At the moment Edmundo Sosa would be the back-up, but I'm guessing Mozeliak will be on the prowl for low-cost utility help for this season.
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Those are good questions for Dave Matter on his chat. Ryan wasn't a Coach Drink guy. Now he is working with a head coach that came calling for him. Also, that could just came back to college from the NFL. So this sounds like a good change for Walters.
Would Tampa Bay winning really be the Upset of the Ages? No, not with Tom Brady playing quarterback. But, yes. Brady winning a title without the Evil Emperor would help Tom make his case as the greatest. How many people figured he would to Tampa and fall on his face?
I like Ricky. But, sure, why not rotation in some ex-players? Plenty of guys are capable, as we've seen from the TV side.
Center Eric Wiegand got into a couple of games for Atlanta back in 1987.
I haven't enough of Gallo to know if that would be worthwhile. O'Neill could hit a bunch of homers and play great defense this season for minimal pay. Players who can produce for low money make others moves possible.
I'd be surprised. I like Harrson swinging away at the body of the order when he starts.
As Derrick Goold phrased it with his initial reporting, the teams were discussing certain players. As the trade played out over several days, those certain players didn't end up in the deal. So it goes when teams make trades. Many player combinations are thrown back and forth. Teams take a closer look at the potential chips and both offers and demand evolve.
Teaching hitters to achieve a higher on-base percentage through plate discipline is NOT EASY. That's why so many promising hitters never get over the hump. Plate discpline needs to become second nature because there isn't time to think through your reaction to pitches.
The sweaters. A hundred years ago I had to write a story about those Jack in the Box Drive-Thru Window sweaters and the "red equity" the designer insisted on. Ugh. And to see all the red on the ice . . . it was almost too much to bear. Back in the day those sweaters would have messed up my crappy color TV during a telecast. (Ask your parents).