I wouldn't trade Arenado. Probably not O'Neill or Reyes either, given their upside plus cost control. I wouldn't trade Molina or Wainwright unless they asked to go to a better contender for one more kick at the playoff can.
That's a better question for Dave Matter since I have no insight on the Tulsa guys. But, yes, that team can win eight games with that schedule.
He's doing some light throwing now, but he is sitll weeks away. Once his injury heals, he will need to rebuild his arm strength. That takes time.
I have no idea why the front office has stood pat. There isn't great talent out there just waiting to taken, but there has to be some less terrible players, right?
Thousands of games. Binnington has the potential to remain very good based on his mental toughness and competitive level. He can lose positioning when he scrambles around in hyper-compete mode -- and that's why he lets in some bad goals in between some of his gem saves. So on that front he will need regular maintenance with his mechanics. But that is easier to address than a lack of resilence or belief.
I don't see the Cardinals overspending this summer. The farm system can't take any more big hits right now. It needs restocking. The front office sees better days ahead with some of the key prospects. They knew this could be a challenging year. The Arenado trade changed things to a degree, but management always looked the 2022 as a season of opportunity.
There are about 15 bigger issues on this roster than Tommy Edman. When those are fixed, we can get back lamenting the horrors that Edman is inflicting on Cardinal Nation.
This sports pyschology 101. We heard the same thing from the Cardinals staff with questions about all the walks by the pitchers. The more it's talked about, the bigger the seed we plant in the heads of athletes. If you want a guy to throw strikes, telling him to throw strikes over and over and over will only make him aim . . . and therefore miss.
From my Antler days, Steve Wallace won that unhappy honor. He was a heck of a talent at guard. He had one good year, then a half year with Stipanovich and Sundvold. But he could not stay eligible. As good as the Tigers were back then, they could have been even better if he had panned out.
There are huge societal gulfs forming in every market. There has been unrest everywhere. I haven't seen any indication that is has had a huge impact where guys are willing to play.
It's early to write off his power potential. And he was never sold as a slugger, but rather as a very good all-around player. And he seems to getting there pretty quickly, one year after looking overmatched quite a bit at this level.
The days of the .900 OPS may be behind him, but he's a good all-around player and a good fit for a franchise trying to maintain a certain culture. Albert's injury issues made him a liability in the field and Paul will remain an asset in that area -- making other players better fielders in the process.
You never know, but this moment was the first moment in months that I thought about the NFL in months. So I have less than no insight on that.
I'd be surprised if he made a blockbuster move, given the lack of organizational depth that previous blockbuster deals helped create.