I'd say the chances are better on Senga because I expect the price point to be more in line with what this team wants to do
The buyout wasn't lowered, but it could be fully mitigated by Drinkwitz's future employment. More coaches are getting deals that allow them to collect their full buyout even if they get another coaching job. Drinkwitz's extension changed that language to reduce the buyout dollar-for-dollar by the salary Eli would earn in his subsequent gigs.
You would have to ask the Pirates that.. But I'm guessing they would want one of the top young pitchers and one of the young sluggers back, plus a lesser prospect.
I love that pro fishermen can look like NASCAR drivers in competition. There is some real money there.
OK, keep the questions and comments coming. I have to fetch my dog Eliot from the ER (he's fine) and then I will return to continue.
There were some cheaper defensemen on the market, and different ones like Ben Chiarot. But once Scott Perunovich went down for most or all of the season, having another puck-mover in Leddy became handy. He is just miscast in a shutdown role. He has never done that before. Even with Leddy, the Blue have to ask a lot of Calle Rosen career AHLer.
There will not be a lot of cap money unless somebody gets hurt. But, yes, Need No. 1 would be a defensive defenseman. Whether the Blues went there would depend on not only how well they were playing, but what the competition looked like as well.
Eliot is no oracle. He is an "indiscriminate eater" as the vet says, and he got loose to go looking for carcasses in the woods. Hence the massive, relentless vomiting and trip to the ER.
I know some folks who had a stake in the team have peeled off over the years, so I'm not sure who else (if anyone else) outside the family has a stake in the team. DeWitt runs the Cardinals like a business and he spun off other businesses off the franchise. He is risk-adverse and aims for consistent playoff contention because he likes baseball and he likes steady revenue for all things Cardinals-related.
And the other thing about O'Neill is that his arbitration cost won't be terrible this season, so that is another vote in his favor.
I think our guy Roy got a little worked up over the defensive collapse last night. Overall this team has made some strides cleaning up there play. But, yes, there is more to do.
Many players defined themselves last season. Zack Thompson added velocity as a reliever, for instance, after looking pedestrian as a starter. Brendan Donovan and Lars Nootbaar have the plate discipline to work high in the order. On the other hand, Carlson's picture became murkier. He proved he could play center field, which is great, but he lost his left-side swing.
Come on, the answer is "nobody has any idea." Oliver Marmol could not hazard a guess right now. Can O'Neil stay healthy? Will the team trade him? When will Jordan Walker break in? Is Lars Nootbaar for real? Can Dylan Carlson clean up his splits? Do the Cardinals add a full-time outfielder or just a platoon guy? And what circumstances would force Yepez to play a lot of outfield?
The Chief likes Toropchenko, but as Jim Thomas noted on the Net Front Presence chat today, the Blues are winning without him and there was also some feeling that Alexey could play a bit harder.
In 2021, Winker had a 1.070 on-base plus slugging percentage against right-handed pitching.
I believe they are looking at Nimmo for the outfield, but they could seek a trade too for a right-priced player if they want to spend the money elsewhere. And, yes, they will always take even more pitching.
Trading Carlson now would be trading low on a cost-controlled guy who fields well This would also creating a big, big need in center field -- thus complicating the offseason. So dealing Carlson would force the team to spend assets or money to fill the center field hole unless the front office things Nootbaar could hold up out there.