Yeah, the relationship between players and owners is pretty bad. There are good labor/management partnerships in the NBA and NHL, but not so much in Our National Pastime.
Yeah, we touched on that already. Never say never, but man that is a lot of money left on Arenado's deal.
As I noted earlier, Martinez is the one contract I can see the team trading. The others . . . not so much. Most MLB teams will be in the same boat as the Cardinals heading into 2021.
I do not know how the cutback have impacted very top management as far as pay goes. I know many teams are letting a LOT of staff go and, of course, MLB is cutting the minor league operations significantly. Kolten Wong is not the only person to feel the bite of the pandemic economy. Many others have and many more will.
I had that thought too, but then you see how much money the team has committed to Yasmani Grandal. It will be interesting to see if Tony can assemble anybody from the old gang. Dave Duncan has already said now.
That's impossible to say. Nobody saw the '06 team winning it all with Anthony Reyes and the Dream Weaver winning on the big stage. Great teams fall short and suspect teams can win it all. That '05 Cardinals team was fabulous and it had a heck of a NLCS with the Houston Astros. That could have gone either way. Obviously the '04 team was title-worthy, but it ran into a Team of Destiny with the Boston Red Sox. The Bleeding Schillings had all that momentum after rallying past the New York Yankees.
The next season could be tough, but business will be difficult across baseball so that may allow the Cardinals to find low-cost help to get them through 2021. And they still have more pitching than a lot of teams. That gives them a chance to hang around, especially if there is a 14-team bracket.
Wong is actually pretty easy going as pro athletes go. He was a plus within the team chemistry. And he was the team's second-best position player as measured by Wins Above Replacement. So the team has another hole to fill with the leadoff spot. And there's the third base hole to fill if Tommy Edman plays second base.
Well, the Cardinals left Marcell Ozuna walk in free agency, They traded away everyday outfielders Tommy Pham and Randal Grichuk after moving Stephen Piscotty for family reasons, so it's not like these outfield posts are lifetime appointments. Randy got a look in 2019 and would have played in 2020 had the team kept him in the organization.
We might see an owner or two eager to win a title try to exploit the pandemic for personal glory. DeWitt has won pennants and World Series rings, so his less likely to deficit spend while hunting another trophy. Even in good times that's not been his business model.
Yes, Stillman's group deserves a nod for spending to the salary cap in the face of the pandemic. As for Johnny Hockey, I do not see that trade package generating much interest from Calgary. Faulk has less than no trade value today. Maybe that changes down the road. And Gaudreau doesn't seem like an optimal fit for The Chief.
If there is not much interest in Molina, that would make it easier to re-sign him for a team-friendly deal. He remains a good situational hitter and he's great for the young pitchers. And Wainwright kept the pitching rotation together last year, so re-upping him with an incentive-laden deal seems smart. Plus he has marketing value, which the team badly needs.
I believe Luis Robert would have cost the Cardinals more than $50 million, since they would have had to pay a dollar-for-dollar overage penalty. That is a BIG investment.
Yeah, it looks like the Blues wound end up on the Eastern side of the NHL in that sort of the group. All three of those U.S. make sense. In the New Central, Detroit and Chicago are in rebuilds and Nashville is taking a step back, so the Blues should be OK. I am not sure what to make of Florida after still another ownership change. Columbus could be really good this season after adding Max Domi.
You are right, the Cardinals have invested in the stadium and the adjoining real estate. Those are for-profit ventures, not done out of civic duty, but they required lots of capital. The Cardinals have reinvested a fair amount of their revenue in franchise-related stugg. Many teams do that, then many teams have to borrow money to keep things going when the revenue spigot turns off. Would owners liquidate other assets and personally underwrite their team? Sure, but these guys didn't build wealth by operating that way.
Of course, it doesn't seem like that money is going to be spend on a No. 4 hitter.
He does have potential and the Cardinals aren't overloaded with productive outfielders blocking him. But Thomas was simply awful in the limited action he saw this year. He better come to spring ready to impress.
That's not going to happen. As for Carpenter late last season, he played a lot late when Brad Miller went into the tank. By season's end there weren't a whole lot of Cardinals hitting the ball well. It's not like Matt was holding anybody back.
Cohen helped bail out the franchise when the Wilpon family got ripped off by Bernie Madoff. He's got real money so despite his company's earlier insider trading beef this looks good for New York and good for MLB.
That's thing about Carpenter's extension, it was so needless. The guy wasn't going anywhere. Why guarantee him more money? When his offense cratered, the team could have bailed on him. Instead, they are stuck with him and they must let a better player go.