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Man, the Illini are loaded. And the Tigers are least relevant again. This would have been a great game for the STL. Both programs have been through some things. Major college hoops has gotten more competitive, with more schools spending big money while trying to get in the tournament. The Big Ten is insanely deep with excellent teams this year and the SEC has come a long way as well. Fan bases at both schools got used to getting in the Big Dance every year, but that task is much harder now Both schools made good coaching hires but both Cuonzo Martin and Brad Underwood needed time to instill the culture they wanted. Underwood has the upper hand on recruiting, so it will be interesting to see if Martin can pick it up a notch on that front.
Good question. He is waiting out the market hoping to get real bargains. And maybe, just maybe, he's waiting for another team to come along and buy one of these icons away and help the Cardinals make budget. I hate to be suspicious -- you know me -- but you have to wonder.
There are some new owners making some noise in the marketplace. But a LOT of owners, especially here in the Midwest, are waiting to see how much attendance revenue they can project. The 2021 season was going to be dicey for the Cardinals in good times -- and these are definitely not good times.
I guess the issue there is elbow surgery. There is some uncertainty about how soon in 2021 he can play. Also, his one big power surge seemed to come out of nowhere. There may be some underlying stats that scream "outlier" on that season. But he sure fits the profile of what this team needs. He is a classic cae of a useful player getting non-tendered. He could be one of those guys sitting there in March still waiting for his next opportunity.
For sure. I'm note sure Adam will get offered enough money elsewhere to get him to leave town, but keeping Molina might be an issue even with the Mets zeroing in on James McCann and the Yankees sticking with Gary Sanchez for now, Maybe the Angels could make a bigger push for Molina if they come in second for McCann.
One of those teams on the geographical East-West bubble was going to get hosed on this. I thought the fact that St. Louis could package nicely with Nashville to play those teams in the Southeast would be the way to go, but Gary Bettman did not give me a vote -- despite all the nice stuff I wrote about him over the years.
This chat has been a consistent source of reality on that front. Our standard position is this: The primary goal for the Cardinals in 2021 is to get to 2022 in one piece. They would like to hang around the playoff chase as long as possible during the coming season while also dumping some cost.
Before we saw just how serious the Cardinals are about reducing costs, cutting Molina from $20 million a season to, say, $12.5 million seemed reasonable given his age. But given the strain caused by the Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler contracts -- and the new hard line drawn by management -- even that seems like a lot of money. Molina will wait to see where McCann lands to see if he can be a consolation prize. Once that domino falls, he'll have a better sense of where the market really is for him.
I'm OK with the Goldschmidt dealt. The big overpay was the two-year rental of Marcell Ozuna. Zac Gallen and Sandy Alcantara would look in the Cardinals rotation right now.
Actually, the Wild wants to stay married to the Blues since their divorce from Winnipeg. That's why the Wild suggested that Dallas go East instead, which is pretty stupid.
I hope the Blues marketing department is taking notes.
Yes, they are aware, But they are also aware that regardless of what PR success they have, attendance is going to suffer anyway due to COVID. So if ever there is a year to take a hit, it's 2021. By 2022 they will be looking to rebuild fan excitement.
The Cardinals would like the outfielders they kept to at least perform as well as all the young outfielders they let get away. That would be the low bar to clear.