There will be no secrets to the negotiations. This will be a very public battle. Maybe the only insight DeWitt might have is if the owners are willing to let players get to arbitration and free agency a year earlier in their next CBA, that might change how Mozeliak approaches some contract bargaining. But I imagine every will be tracking bargaining trends as things heat up.
I thought it was pretty cool. You even had a relief pitching taking a bit out of a raw corn cob and spitting it out. That the game had such drama at the end helped too.
I would prefer bench guys with more pop, like I mentioned earlier with Brad Miller.
That's not going to be a lower-end deal. Marcus Semien has an .873 OPS this season while making $18 million. I can see him getting at least four years at $20 million-plus.
Also, he needs to get outs when he pitches. His last rehab assignment was not encouraging.
DeWitt's steady leadership has earned him billions in franchise value, direct profits and additional business opportunity. Remember when fans insisted he would never build Ballpark Village?
Hey, I had a good time watching Game 7. Folks let me skip school so I would not be distracted.
Seager is an interesting guy. He is the right age to invest in . . . if you were convinced he is going to be durable enough. And if you are adding him at top dollar, you better put him in the middle of the order where he can produce runs.
Maybe .270 is the new .300. The pitchers have the upper hand these days.
To have that awesome ballpark and to have no commitment to consistent success . . . well, that's just sad.
Carpenter not in there tonight. Sosa at third base, Arenado at DH, Rondon in right field for Carlson.
I'm guessing the Blues will have to find a cap-neutral deal to move No. 91. I just don't much out there otherwise. Teams are either capped out or in a rebuilding mode that would not fit Tarasenko. As I mentioned earlier, maybe the Blues could get a useful player from the Islanders (Bailey or Beauvillier) if they would also take the Leo Komarov salary dump in the Tarasenko trade.
The NHL played in Lake Tahoe, too, under special circumstance. But the game at Busch Stadium went so well, returning there would make sense.
Bill DeWitt wants consistently high attendance, so he wants consistently good teams. His business model has never changed. Fans keep pretending it has, but it hasn't. Some years the Cardinals execute the plan better than others.
That's it for this week. See you next time!