It would take large, large money -- unprecedented money from this team -- because West Coast teams are just waiting for him to become free. I would be suprised if he signed a really long-term deal here.
He can sign with another team and the Cardinals would have $35 million to spend.
The Cardinals would have to think about that starting this winter if efforts to extend him fail. It would certainly be worth checking the market. On the other hand, Jack Flaherty could be a very good rental player if the management team believed the Cardinals could contend with him.
I'm guessing the market for him would not be so aggressive that he would walk away from all of that money. He seems to be a good fit here and he knows what a bad fit feels like.
Well, yes, but the owners do quite well too. Franchise values keep soaring. Pre-pandemic, revenues were soaring. So it's only fair that players get their share. In baseball, most players have to stick it out for quite a while before getting real money or security. And this period follows a period of playing for very little (aside from bonus money) in the minors.
If the Blues expose him without his permission, that would create major problems if he came back to them. It just would.
The Cardinals still have pretty good pitching depth compared to most teams, even after the injuries. But they don't to test it any further. They could really use an encouraging outing from Johan Oviedo to take some pressure off the group.
If the Dodgers end up paying Arenado in his 30s for what he did in his 20s, so be it. Again, that's $35 million the team can spend on other assets. It's not like the Cardinals would lose Arenado for nothing.
If I had to bet, I'd say yes. There is too much friction between the sides and both sides want to test the other side's resolve.
I get that, but I would still go with Nolan Arenado.
Yes -- and typically the caddies are also keeping track as well. Nobody wants to see a silly mistake ruin a player's tournament.
The $9 million base seems about right. With fans coming back into the stands, maybe the Cardinals can go a little higher if he finishes well.
The lowest-paid Cardinals (John Nogowski) is at $571,000, which he only collects while actually in the majors. That's nice coin, even after taxes, but remember that most big leaguers have short careers. The fringe guys would be wise to buy a reasonable house with their earnings and then invest as much as they can. Their next career won't pay as well.
I disagree. Lynn had a 3.43 ERA in his final season here. He has subsequently refined his mechanics to become even better after a tougher 2018 for the Twins and Yankees. But he was always a good pitcher for the Cardinals. And the fact the team ended up paying Miles Mikolas big money instead . . . oops!