My DH stance hasn't changed much. I think the Cardinals should add some been-there, done-that for the position. I thought that before spring became shortened, but the shortening of it makes it an even better idea. Whenever this deal gets done, and hopefully it's soon, there is going to be a flurry of free agency. Guys will be scrambling to get teams and there will be some one-year bargains available. Adding someone who could bring some proven production to this under-pressure lineup would be a good move, especially now that there is a spot in the lineup for a hitter who doesn't even have to bring a glove to the ballpark. A left-handed hitter with power would be good. That's why so many like the potential Schwarber fit.
The larger your ownership stake, the less you have to worry about what your partners think, sure.
Darian Devries. He's going to be a name brought up in the carousel this season. Same for the coach he replaced at Drake. That would be Niko Medved, who is doing good things at Colorado State. North Texas' Grant McCasland is one to watch for jobs this offseason. Furman coach Bob Richey is another to check out for schools looking to perhaps catch lightning in a bottle. My buddy Brendan Wiese at KTRS turned me on to him. Good offensive numbers annually, good temp and good shooting. The kind of things you probably want to prioritize if turning the page from a defensive-minded coach. That's usually how it works when things don't work out. A program goes and gets the opposite. If the Tigers make a change, we're going to have plenty of names to consider. Let's see if they decide to go shopping before we get too far down that road.
The urgency and willingness to compromise shown yesterday down in Florida was encouraging. Should it have been there from the start? Hell yes. But better late than never, and this "deadline" situation is kind of nonsense. They already pushed it back once and could again, and they could get by with 21 days of spring training preparation instead of the 28 the owners are saying as if that's mandatory. Going to bed last night I felt like they might actually be able to get something knocked out in time to play a full season, and that was my hope (and hopeful prediction) entering this mess. If they manage that, they don't deserve a parade. But they will have gotten the big job done.
He hasn't committed yet, so we will see if he was as high on his visit as Mizzou seemed to be on him. Jayden Daniels is the name. After talking with someone who has worked with him and someone who has evaluated him from the vantage point of another Power 5 staff, I think he could be a good-not-great QB that might be better than what Mizzou currently has on its roster for this season, in terms of what he could do on the field during the 2022 season. So, that's worth pursuing. He's a mobile QB who can make big throws, but sometimes makes bad decisions. He is a little light but is athletic and can dodge hits and expand the pocket, a key for converting third downs and making things happen when plays break down. And he can run. He had the most rushing yards of any Pac 12 QB last season. It's hard for me to imagine a scenario in which Drinkwitz adds a three-year starter at QB entering fall camp and doesn't lose one of his current QBs to the portal. That's why so many think either Macon or Cook or both could depart, but that's just speculation at this time. If Drinkwitz can convince them all that despite an addition -- which again, has not happened yet and might not happen at all -- there will be a legitimate QB competition including incoming freshman Sam Horn, perhaps he can keep them all. That would be impressive. But I would not bet on that if Daniels indeed commits.
There's not much left to analyze when it comes to this season. It's toast. Everybody knows it. The meaningful discussion is about what happens after it ends. If Martin has a convincing plan to make this very bad year become a forgotten memory, and there is enough support left to make that happen, then Desiree Reed-Francois and those involved in the process have to decide if it's worth one more go, or if it will be just delaying the inevitable. If they think it's too far gone, time for a $6 million buyout and a coaching search. That's the story now.
A legitimate DH would be nice. And it would help win some fans over who are cold on the idea of the rule change.
As absurd as Manfred bemoaning how tough owning a team is on owners' finances. When a kid's game is a billion-dollar industry, there's going to be absurdity. On both sides.
Baseball will want to -- and has to by design of the calendar -- come out of this work stoppage sprinting. As soon as the official business of baseball can resume it will, and it will be quite the blitz. Like the flurry before the lockout, but faster probably. Don't know when it starts because there is no telling when -- if -- they will be done with a deal but I'd bet on free agency firing up soon after it's finalized.
The Cardinals have not been talking much at all since the lockout, and certainly not about roster plans. Adams would love to be back with the Cardinals but I think that window has probably closed. Same for Luke Voit, who another chatter asked about earlier. Plus, Voit is right-handed and that's not as much of a need.
Coming up with the $6 million to make the coaching change is not something out of Mizzou's capabilities. It can find the money to fire Martin and move on, and it seems increasingly likely it will. Hiring a new coach will relieve some of the angst but if the Tigers don't find ways to close the gap in some of their non-coaching areas like recruiting funding and name, image and likeness deals, the new guy will face tough sledding, too.
At spring training, yes. That's already happened. Hopefully something can be salvaged. For the regular season, not yet. It can be avoided if they can hammer out a deal in these marathon sessions. If they can't, I'm not sure they will have properly estimated the amount of backlash there could be from the fans who help bake that revenue pie both sides are fighting over.
Sounds like it's mostly mental with Binnington. He's talked about getting that edge back. We may never know or maybe he will share more after the season depending on where it goes from here but I'm curious what his truth-serum answer would be when asked about how much his bout with COVID impacted him. Some high-level athletes have taken a while to truly get back to feeling right.
Players expanding the field of who gets paid by owners would not expedite progress. It would derail it. They're having a hard enough time getting owners to up their pay to the guys who already get paid, but not paid relative to their value.
I hear from people on all sides of it, with opinions shaped from their past experience with baseball work stoppage, or their personal work experience in their respective field. Mostly I think people are to the point of, wake me up when there's a deal, or don't. It's a small percentage of fans who really get into the nuts and bolts of the bargaining.
Among the flurry of things that came out of Florida late last night was the topic of the owners asking for a more expedited timeline to introduce new rules to the game. That could be good or bad if passed, depending on the rule. There was also at least some discussion of shift banning and a renewed push for pitch clock enforcement, which would actually, I think, be really good for the game. So much wasted time could be cut there, if pitchers were forced to work briskly and hitters were forced to stay in the box. I hope that happens. Should these topics be the big story? Yes, because they are the ones the fans care a lot more about. But this fight, first and foremost, is about the dollars and how they are split, so the rules issues tend to get pushed to the back burner.
I'm sorry baseball lost you. It's a bummer.