The Cardinals are still trying to salvage something from this season, so I do not see them moving Wainwright unless they go on a 10-game losing streak and Adam asks to go to a contender.
The Avalanche will match any offer sheet for Makar. He, MacKinnon and Rantanen are the pillars there.
He's playing at a high level this season, so it's not a problem now.
First of all, it's Arenado's decision to stay or go. And it sounds like he wants to stay and play under his very long contract here. So Gorman is learning to play second base. Also, the DH is almost a certainty for the NL going forward. Problem solved.
I think they stablized. I did not say they are back on an upward track.
He needs to be able to command his fastball and pitch off of that. He pitches backwards too much for a guy with great stuff. It would be nice to leave him in Memphis to develop, but this team can't afford to do that right now.
Tarasenko is under contract. He is to get paid $9.5 million this season. To go to Russia, he would have to void his contract, as Berglund did, or get a buyout. The Blues would take a cap hit on the buyout, but I suppose that could be the last resort if all else fails.
Some of that goes to Arenado, with the Cardinals having to shoulder more of his contract load. But this team could use a quality starting pitcher, an upgrade at shortstop (unless DeJong goes nuts the rest of the way), a late-inning reliever to replace Alex Reyes and proven offensive heft for the bench.
The Cubs have some interesting prospects and money to spend. I could see them turning things around quickly. I do not see another four-year tank job coming.
It's so much a money thing but a "can he help in the next three weeks" thing. That has been Mozeliak's argument against signing guys who have been out of work. They need time to get game ready.
You are not crazy. Officially the Blues have the 17th pick, but they pick 16th because Arizona forfeited the No. 11 pick due to NHL sanctions over draft cheating.
For 10 years, the Cardinals would get an A for the front office. The last five years might be a C, since there was that three-year lull.
I also pointed out the clutch statistics for Arenado and Goldschmidt in their mid-term assessments. For his age and ability, Molina's ability to deliver big hits is most impressive. Arenado and Goldschmidt have been elite hitters, so their ability to come through is not quite as notable.
Agreed, which explains why the team needs to upgrade in four areas next year.
If I'm Jack, I'd listen to $60 million for three years after this season. Otherwise, forget it.
That team is running out of time to develop chemistry. It's amazing to see far all these other countries have come.