Bobo's here. We have some ballplayers in early, so let's go!
The problem for Tarasenko here is this: The top goal for the Blues this season is to reestablish a strong team game and a strong team culture. That's how this team won the Cup in 2019 and that's the element that has slipped since its unhappy Bubble Hockey experience. Bringing back a malcontent would undermine the effort to rebuilt commitment to team and a high level of collective effort.
The Cardinals are just trying to get through this season in one piece. If the Reds and Brewers both collapse unexpectedly, maybe there is a glimmer of hope. But this team is just trying to make this campaign less terrible so that gearing up for 2022 will be a bit easier.
To make money, the Cardinals need to sell tickets and merchandise and keep folks spending money at their related businesses. That has been their business model under DeWitt. They will once again have one of the highest payrolls outside of the biggest markets. So I would expect the team to make major moves, with one being at the Goldschmidt/Arenado level.
I'm sure the Trevor Story camp already has St. Louis on its list of potential destinations.
When UNLV signed her to that contract for modest money, it knew full well that a power conference school could come along and take her. Schools fire coaches and administrators who are under contract. Coaches and administrators bolt while under contract. Such is the business.
I'm guessing that Arenado has one more torrid streak left in his bat.
Somewhere in the Top 10 I supposed. Whitey Ford and Yogi Berra had crazy success. While together, Bob Gibson and Tim McCarver hit the highest of notes. Back in my beloved Motown Mickey Lolich and Bill Freehan had a good long run highlighted by the '68 World Series.
Some day Matthew Tkachuk will get to call his shot as an unrestricted free agent. He could move sooner than that, should Calgary become unwilling or unable to buy into that free agency with a gigantic long-term deal. But if the Flames trade him, I would imagine they would rather send him to the Eastern Conference.
The percentage of players who run full tilt on every ball hit into play is pretty small. I don't believe Nolan is unusual in that regard.
The ballplayers are sitting around their hotel as I type this. We'll have an update from the ballpark closer to game time in STLToday.
Baseball has the strongest guarantee. There are no buyouts, as in other sports. If you get dumped in baseball, the team still owes you the money remaining on your deal. Football has the weakest guarantee. Only the elite players get any guaranteed money beyond their signing bonus. Most salaries in that sport are disposable, albeit with some accounting complications within the CBA rules.
As we say over and over and over and over: shortstop, left-handed utility infielder, left-handed hitting outfielder and DH are the target spots. Maybe the outfielder can be found internally and eventually the DH could be filled internally as well.