Actually it appears Brady is happy in Ottawa and that he would take an eight-year deal there if the dollars are right. And I'm guessing that $9 million or $9.5 million sounds more right than the $8 million per reportedly on the table.
The bigger issue for the Cardinals lately was monstrous contract extensions that went bad.
Nope, still about two years away. I'm sad, too, because I love Dylan Larkin as a player.
If they break down, they break down. But clearly both have earned another season here.
Tampa Bay has certainly nailed it the past few years. And I would expect other teams to continue cherry-picking the staff there, although GM Erik Neander just got a promotion and a raise.
Detroit has cap space to weaponize, too, like Seattle and Buffalo. But which real team would take Tarasenko for the right dollars? If Martin Brodeur is good with No, 91, that would make sense. There still might be a trade with the Islanders. But there hasn't been much smoke yet, much less a fire.
A solid defender would help for sure, whether that came in a trade for Tarasenko or with the cap space freed up by his exit.
Looks likes fans can't wait to put David Freese in, despite his relatively short tenure here.
Fans were singing that tune -- as was I -- before the Arenado blockbuster happened. They will have the money to make one big play or two smaller ones. Fans are dreading the latter outcome.
Playoff roster? That's optimism. Because the Cardinals didn't improve the offensive side of their 40-man roster before August 31, they are bereft of eligible upgrades for postseason play.
If the Cardinals are ever going to make a big play for a run-producing shortstop, this will be the winter to do it.
Shildt's not being dishonest. He acknowledges the failure, but he pivots quickly to the positive at every chance.
Losing 2011 and most of '18 hurt Adam's case for sure, but if he pushes past 200 victories with another big season he is at least starting to make a case.
He might be having the fourth or fifth-best season among the NL starters, which is great. But that is not quite Cy Young.