Carlos Rodon got a six-year deal despite his injury history. Jacob deGrom got five years of crazy money despite serious injury issues. So it goes. I'd like to see the team go into the season with a six-man rotation and the sixth man being an established veteran -- but the front office has not shared my view.
The Cardinals are paying their top players big money deep into their 30s. Will they join the movement to pay top players into their 40s? That seems unlikely. If anything this latest trend will likely encourage the Cardinals to double down on their commitment to player development.
The Original Sheik had a pretty good run in Motown/Michigan/Northern Iowa, especially when he was able to draw in NWA stars from other regions like Dory Funk Jr. to spice things up. And I loved Pampero Firpo, the Wild Bull of the Pampas. The Stomper and Ben Justice vs. the Kangaroos was tag team gold. Detroit aligned nicely with Toronto for talent crossover. But the Sheik did not have Bruiser Brody and Rick Flair in their heyday,, so I'll give props to Sam and the STL. The trouble with the Sheik was he was the booker and the star heel. His matches were often short and usually predictable with the fire tossing, the pencil jabs and some forehead gnawing. As he got older he couldn't work much and his cards got stale. God bless Bobo Brazil for propping him up for many years, but finally the promotion just aged out due to the lack of upcoming talent.
Well, they can avoid getting stuck with a bad contract like DeJong by not signing them to a bad contract. Make sure they have staying power before making the commitment. Most of the Cardinals you listed could be on the roster at the same time, but, yes, at some point the DH-types must be sorted. And I have no doubt that some of those DH types have been made available in trades. If they all make it to spring, then there will he a heck of a competition for big league at bats.
I guess you hated Kyrou's star turn Thursday night.
In his last four starts last season Lopez allowed just six runs in 26 1/3 innings. His second-half stars were skewed by really bad starts on July 31 and Sept. 10. He met the quality start metric is six of his last eight starts.
The Cardinals moved on from a worse contract with Dexter Fowler. If Paul DeJong doesn't regain his stroke next season, he will hang on as a defensive replacement or get bumped off the roster if enough of the young guys are hitting well.
The Cardinals use expected attendance as a gauge for spending. The team projected an attendance dropoff in 2022 from pre-pandemic norms because the world changed. That impacted spending. A late sales surge with Pujolsmania restored attendance, giving the team confidence to resume spending at the pre-pandemic level. So in a broad sense, business projections impact the payroll budget. But I believe the Wainwright Farewell Tour is expected to generate more money than the Contreras signing.
Actually the Blues did play at that pace for half a season and into the playoffs. That's how they won the Cup. They stepped the gas and stayed on it.
Russian Machine Does Not Break! I am surprised the the Great 8 is taking legitimate aim on Wayne Gretzky's record. The man is a freak to keep doing what he does at his age.
My best guess is that the Blues will hang around the playoff chase but not play so well that Doug Armstrong hangs on to all of his veterans with expiring contracts. Unless the Blues look like a legit Cup threat, I see at least one big move coming.
Maintaining the cap is a matter of business survival. The NHL has paltry TV money compared to the other major leagues. As for the poor play in the Western Conference, that's just a case of some injuries (Colorado!) and lot of good players not playing especially well. What's Nashville's excuse? What's Calgary's excuse?
Rodon's deal would have pushed the Cardinals payroll well over $200 million for 2023 and Bill DeWitt Jr. gave no indication that would happen. But could the team have afforded that without getting into financial duress? Yes.
A lot of people agree with that.
Jake just need to adapt to the strength of the grown-man game and the speed of the NHL game. He can at least work on the former while in the AHL. He plays the game the right way, but he still needs to get stronger and a bit quicker on his skates.
His support has been trending that way.
As noted earlier, the standard price for such assets is a good young player, a premium draft pick and another asset. The quality of the draft pick would tied to the quality of the young player.