One problem: They didn't have a Max Scherzer or a Trea Turner to trade. Their better players are guys they intend to rebuild around and the Andrew Miller's of the team lack value.
To get rid of that onerous Keller contract they might, because then they could turn around and flip him after eating some money.
But being a sub-.500 teams for multiple seasons is a worse place to be, as Cubs fans know, What's galling for those fans is the crazy revenue that team draws in and its refusal to lock in even one of those stars.
Can't help with that. I am checking with one of my soccer guys.
I see it going away. Maybe it can hang on for a season or two with a Pac-12 partnership while the superconferences form. But the economic forces at play will ultimately crush it. The remaining schools lack TV clout.
Some guys have done well because they went to a bad team and got a chance to play, like Adolis Garcia finally breaking in at age 28 with the terrible Rangers. But you look around and see Marcell Ozuna facing an uncertain future due to his domestic violence beef in Atlanta, Luke Voit injured and displaced in New York, Luke Weaver hurt in Arizona, Tommy Pham performing well below his STL peak in San Diego, Stephen Piscotty producing an OPS in the low 600s the last two years with the A's, Michael Wacha putting up frightful numbers in his two seasons since leaving the Cardinals . . . and you can surmise that many players regress when leaving here. So it goes in pro sports.
Nope. Don't see a natural fit for him anywhere.
Yes. But he went to Gallegos because he had been lightly used in recent games leading up to the last two and Giovanny said he was fine. As for went wrong with Reyes . . . oof. The team can only hope that doesn't stick in his head and he continue trying to aim the ball.
Combination off all three. Nobody gets off the hook here.
As for Shildt sticking with Reyes, it's not unusual not to warm up a guy behind the closer at first sign of trouble. That's the old showing confidence things. But Reyes has been wild all year, so leaving him in to die was definitely a mistake.
If a team is mired at .500 for several years, then, yes, failing to rebuild is a big way is bad. But in the case of the Cardinals, they were at least 10 games over .500 11 times during a span of 12 straight winning full seasons.
Uh, no. Get back to me in 10 years and maybe we can talk about radical steps, such as putting field hazards (moats, sand traps, shrubbery, grassy knolls) into play to spice things up and revive the sport.
The 2007 team was the last loser here, but at least it had Albert Pujols in pretty good form. That was the Kip Wells team. On the nights he pitched, it was awful. But with Chris Duncan trying to play left field, there was still some adventure.
At this point he appears to be who he is. For one year he looked like he could become a nucleus player, but those hopes are fading.
I believe he still works out of New England, but I might be wrong. That is his allegiance to Bill Armstrong, the former Blues scouting czar who has his hands full there.
Good question. I know if a player is suspended for an off-ice issue (domestic violence, drug test failure) that salary does not count against the cap. I assume that's the same for a guy simply refusing to play while healthy and under contract. Patrik Berglund did this and eventually just terminated his contract to get free.
Armstrong wants to dump him and his cap hit. I do not believe he would welcome the distraction Tarasenko would surely bring.