Do the Red Wings believe this is their year? I doubt it. They wanted to compete this year, but they are at best the 11th- or 12-best team on their side of the league. Adding payroll is one thing, which they did, but trading long-term assets just as they start turning the corner -- that would seem dumb. I believe teams with legitimate Stanley Cup hopes would be the ones interested in O'Reilly as a matchup guy or injury replacement.
Yes, it will be a long year.
Why does Mozeliak still have a job? The Cardinals contend every single year, unlike peer franchises, and they draw consistently strong crowds. The franchise value appreciation on Mozeliak's watch has been staggering. And given the current stock of young talent, this franchise appears destined for further success moving forward.
Nope, it was $10 million. Previously he had a three-year, $60 million deal.
While Tyler O'Neill has been a source of exasperation for the team and fans alike, he offers value at his pre-free agency pay rate. Other outfielders with injury and/or slump issues are getting paid tons more.
Perhaps your are right, but that would clear salary cap space to spend on younger pieces as part of a retooling.
Every team retools every year. No roster is static. But a thorough retooling around the Thomas/Kyrou would take a few years to execute, with the team trying to stay competitive through the process. A rebuild would include trading guys like Kyrou and Thomas, as the Blackhawks did with Alex DeBrincat, and starting over from the ground up.
Well, there was that Stanley Cup. If Buffalo wins multiple Stanley Cups down the road, then it can talk about winning the trade.
I believe Joe Lyons will be back on the beat.
The Cardinals needed a catcher, their top priority, and they needed more offense. Contreras fills both needs in one move without costing the team any long-term assets. Now the Cardinals can either use those saved long-term assets on the field and trade them to fill other needs.
Ville Husso is not coming back. Give it up.
The roster is not frozen. But as is, the Cardinals will be widely picked to win another NL Central title.
So what are the expectations? That Wainwright will pitch a bunch of innings? That might be optimistic, given his late fade, but at the very least he will help preserve the pitching-centric culture with the team that will aid the young hurlers coming up. That is a factor in all of this too.
That is a great example of how every team has a hope list. The Rangers paid a premium for arguably the most dominant starting pitcher who might also be the most fragile starting pitcher.
I've always thought that would be a classic Cardinals' play -- getting the Padres to pay for some of that contract while giving him a fresh start in St. Louis. But I might be the only guy looking at it that way.
Thank you. Already had my birthday cupcake, so I am running on sugar and caffeine right now.
Well,, I agree that this team is consistent in a not-so-good way. We see the same issues every game. We used to see the problems here and there, but now we are seeing complete breakdowns.
Ask Mike Trout about that.
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