Kostin elevated his profile big-time with his finish in Russia. He could be a big factor next year. This year? Getting hiim around the team would be good for his development, but expecting him to make a big impact seems unrealistic.
Yeah, Harper seems like the whole package. He has an old school attitude.
Any of those are possible. Sundqvist coming off major surgery will be an interesting call. Had he not been hurt, I would expect the Blues to protect him. Who knows, they still might.
I am the wrong guy to ask about the NFL.
Binnington will need a bit of break too. He has been under a lot of pressure.
Of course any rebuilding team, be it Arizona or Texas or whomever, will want young pitching. The Cardinals managed to make the Arenado trade without moving any of their elite prospects. But the Rockies were stupid and I would expect any other team to target some of the eight to 10 prospects who stand out over the rest. Thompson. Liberatore, Oviedo, Gorman, Herrera, Torres, Hence, Walker, Winn . . . every other team should work off the same list.
It's a bit early to right him off.
Wait, what? Did somebody in this chat make the case to play Matt Carpenter? Is the sun setting in the East today?
All those would fit. A goaltender needs to build chemistry with the group and he was a different kind of guy. (That is not usual at that position, BTW.) Bringing a veteran goaltender end late in the season and expecting him to mesh quickly was a risky move. Also, the whole stopping-the-puck thing was a problem for him late in the regular season and in the playoffs. As it turned out, he was past his prime.
These chats are tough duty. I have to a little fun, right? Every now and then you have to kick the pumpkin on the porch. Repressing the childish side of your personality can be harmful.
The Cardinals had Peralta for two years and a grand total of 18 games as a pitcher in short-season ball. He didn't return to organized ball as a hitter until he spent two seasons playing indepdent league ball as well as lots of winter league ball. That is an amazing story. It's far more common to turn hitters into pitchers, as with Jason Motte, Rowan Wick, et al.
I have been working in the STL since 1986. I have covered teams in all the major sports at one time or another: MLB, NHL, NBA and NFL. I have been a sports fan since the 1960s, so I'm old.
His approach to free agency was interesing. He wanted the coin, but not the opt-outs. He wanted to commit to the team that committed to him.
That's it for this week. See you next time!