I don't see any way for the Cardinals to accumulate enough talent to build a roster that measures up to the Padres and Dodgers this season. Could they get there in a year or two if they the course with their better prospects and spend wisely after cycling out bad contracts? Maybe.
Not yet that I can tell. But the stadium is taking shape and that's a start.
The Cardinals are in the same place as the Blues on this. Fans here do not want to see a terrible product. The Blues went there once and they may have to step back again at some point given the salary cap realities. The Cardinals, with more flexibility, have a better chance to retooling on the fly to stay in the chase. And that will remain their operating practice as long as DeWitt owns the team.
I am not aware of any other pitcher being en route, but you can expect an update on STLToday.com later this afternoon.
It's hard to beat the NHL playoffs, especially when you get something like the Canadiens-Leafs overtime game -- knowing that the Great White North was transfixed by that game. The combination of emotion and randomness is hard to top.
As noted earlier, this team needs to add three pitchers -- a capable starter and two capable relievers, one from each side,
How many weeks will it last?
Those slashing the stick fouls are the bain of our existence. Enough! Players use sticks that break easily and that's on them. I had that call and any of the basic strong-on-your-stick plays that are called. Since defenders aren't allowed to use the old velcro tactics, they should at least get to use their stick.
No MLS team has failed here. This league is well-marketed. And given the support St. Louis gave international friendlies and the ownership group in place with this team, I expect it to succeed.
Can he still feel his fingers?
Of that $51 million, $20.5 million is conditional -- tied to whether Arenado stays with the Cardinals.
I can't throw lefthanded, but my left shoulder is better than my right -- so I could give it the old college try.
I believe the Blues offered more total dollars, but for eight years and not seven. And Alex got the structure he wanted from Vegas. That said, there wasn't much difference in terms of impact on everyday life, so it's safe to say Alex simply wasn't committed to staying.
Sosa has little trade value, given his limited track record. DeJong would have some, but right now the team needs both of these guys. If both are playing and playing well, then Edman can move to the outfield.
I am not holding my breath on that. He is another one of those Class 4A guys, good enough to fill in at this level but not good enough to earn regular work.
I believe he will stick around. He deferred money to make this work and also got some extra money tacked on at the end of the deal. I think it would take a lot of get him to rethink his commitment here.
OK, that's it for this time. I'll be back in my usual slot on Friday next week. Until then, stay safe.