Some folks come into the chat and raise value points. But there's plenty whining too, with fans hurling insults at a management team that has dramatically outperomed its peers over an extended period of time. At least the relentless call for John Mozeliak's dismissal has quieted down.
Kroenke had every legal right to leave. Was the NFL's relocation process rigged? That's the gist of the beef, it seems, and that's the part NFL would rather keep under wraps.
There has been turnover on both units and both units have struggled. I believe the power play could come around at any point. As for the penalty killing, the tactic of sitting back in tight box is not working for this group of players. That's the area that needs a new approach.
I'd bet on that. The rebuild is for real with the Cubs. Either lock him in now, before spring training, or get serious about moving him.
That's a high price to pay to avoid watching a lumbering slugger hit in the pitcher's slot.
Edman hit .233 against righthanders last season, but at least he drew some walks. And, yes, it would seem this team needs a leadoff guy from the outside. Hard to make a good case for any of the incumbent players.
Outfield is the bigger need. The Cardinals have an army of young pitchers to rotate the through the rotation. And the top of the rotation still looks very good.
I don't see it, but then again I insisted the Arenado deal would not happen. So what do I know?
That's a question for the baseball guys. I haven't followed the speculative trade market. Free agency is almost played out, so teams will start pondering trades more seriously once they get a look at what they have and don't have in the spring.
He's mostly played second base, so that doesn't seem like a fit.
O'Neill or Thomas better be hitting .250 or better with some pop or else this team is in trouble. The same goes for Dylan Carlson. Because Bader is a good centerfielder, his bar is lower.
Hicks must prove he has regained both his command and his velocity after his return. Look how long it took Trevor Rosenthal to come back from surgery. I don't see Carlos Martinez in the bullpen. Cabrera still must develop command. Reyes has to stay healthy. Miller is in the twilight. Helsley throws hard, but he needs command. Webb is just a guy. Gallegos has been fine, but he has eighth-inning stuff more than closing stuff.
Some folks believe Justin Williams could break through. Some insist Thomas isn't as overmatched as he looked last year. We'll all believe it when we see it.
He's been a full-time guy for most of his career and, on paper, there are not many at bats here. But at some point the music will stop and all the 40-man roster chairs will be filled. Veterans will have to decide if they are willing to play part-time for minimal money or not.
In my mind, sure. Maybe he's Christian Yelich in waiting . . . but he's probably not.
Wong was incredible in the field. His range on both grounders and fly balls was amazing. Tommy is a good athlete, but Wong's level of fielding requires great instincts and an exceptional feel for the position.