I'm leaning with you on that. I'm the grumpy old guy who is quick to see the downside of any scenario. Just ask my relatives. As much as I love Mad Max, a Hall of Famer in the making, I just see so much danger in that move. If the Cardinals spent that money on him and he broke down, that money is sunk. DeWitt is not going to just shrug and spend $40 million a year on something else.
Marcus Stroman and Robbie Ray hold great appeal, but the bidding on them is crazy. Even the guys who are fielding-reliant are getting big bids, as we saw with the Eduardo Rodriguez deal in Detroit. That's the guy who seemed like a great fit here.
As I noted earlier, Mozeliak likes to be "opportunistic" in the market. Greinke faded badly last season and his underlying numbers became worrisome. But the Cardinals brought Lester and Happ back to life, so this could actually make some sense. A big ballpark, an outfield that chases down fly balls, a reliable infield, the Wainwright/Molina pitching culture . . . I can see a sale here. He might only be a depth pitcher at this very late stage of his career, but the Cardinals need depth pitching.
Many voters today focus more on the Wins Above Replacement metrics over actual team success, so, no, I was not surprised.
The trade was for either a player to be named later or cash considerations. I believe the Angels ate a tiny bit of Fowler's salary for 2021. You'll have to ask the baseball guys if the Cardinals go any more than that.
Taylor rejected the $18.4 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers, so he is looking for multiple years at that level or higher. The Red Sox, Rangers and Giants appear to be some of the bidders. Given the potential prices and the signals the Cardinals are sending about pitching-focused spending, I'd be surprised if Taylor landed here.
He looks good in the net -- big, in control, projecting confidence. He and Hofer will have quite a battle for the No. 2 job and the future for the Blues looks very good in goal.
Bill DeWitt Jr. saved the Cardinals franchise from the indifferent Busch corporate ownership, built a consistent winner and invested hundreds of millions into a downtown that other businessmen were abandoning.
Many National League pitchers had excellent years last season. And, yes, there might be some voter preference for power pitching.
Yes, he has a good chance to make the club. He remade himself, belatedly, into somebody who could drive the ball. This just goes to show you really don't know about players when they are early in development.
That does not appear to be the direction the Cardinals are going. The big finish by young hitters, including the Arizona Fall League showing, changed some of the thinking. Rising prices are reinforcing that new thinking.
There will be many new faces in the mix next season, including guys from the minor leagues and guys who were hurt last season. And, yes, I'd expect multiple additions from the outside. There just may not be as many high-profile additions as fans want.
Scherzer guarantees nothing, as the Dodgers discovered last season. I'm sure DeWitt would love to enjoy another title or two while still actively involved in the team, but I do not see him going on a Mike Ilitch-caliber spending spree.
I see the Tigers getting better, yes. But if Georgia is full operational, the division is theirs for the taking year after year. And what if Florida and Tennessee get back to playing to their program's potential with any consistency? Worse yet, what happens if Missouri moves away from Vanderbilt and South Carolina into a revamped SEC West?