No idea there. I haven't heard much buzz on him.
Many teams are calling on Pittsburgh about Reynolds, but the team has control of him for multiple years and it can wait for teams to get more desperate. I'm not sure Liberatore has much trade value at this point. Obviously Gorman does, Carlson is somewhere in between. It would be interesting to hear what other teams think of Burleson at this point of his career.
Agreed. It's time to grow up. At his size, he is courting disaster with those antics.
The Braves were making noise about spending to the luxury tax, so I don't know that they are looking to cut payroll. Fried is only projected for $13 million or so in arbitration. And are the Braves giving up a pitcher with an additional year of control to rent Montgomery for this season?
The Cardinals have made some smart trades since the Ozuna mess so, yes, they have learned.
The Cardinals addressed their No. 1 team need with a big free-agent signing. They also refused to trade certain young players who performed well last season and are slated for big roles in '23. I believe they had a budget in mind for '23 and they are just about. As for hope, every team has it. Teams spending $35 million to $40 million on pitchers with injury histories hope that history doesn't repeat itself.
The Cardinals have Ryan Helsley, Giovanny Gallegos. Jordan Hicks, Andre Pallante, Zack Thompson, Chris Statton and Jake Woodford in the bullpen. JoJo Romero could be another lefty in Cabrera washes out. As for Packy Naughton, it doesn't look like there is a whole lot of upside there.
It'll be a while before that happens. But, yes, it will happen when the next set of team executives inherit these messes from their predecessors.
The Dodgers are trying to reset their luxury tax standing while hoping to duck out on the Trevor Bauer tab. If they succeed at both, then, yes, they will be ready to spend again.
They don't have an in-house play-by-play guy, really, so let's hope they are looking outside.
The Cardinals can afford to sign some guys to huge contracts or take on guys with huge contracts. And they have. Fans always want them to take on more big contracts, which is understandable.
And DeJong is a good enough fielder to offer value as a defensive replacement, albeit as a very pricey one for a year.
VerHagen will get another look because he has a contract year left. Hicks is a priority because he throws 100 miles per hour. Naughton pitched OK in relief, but he lacks swing-and-miss stuff for high-leverage work. If everybody else is healthy and throwing well, he could have a tough time fitting in the mix. But how often is everybody else healthy and throwing well?
It's not hard to imagine the Cardinals locking in Mikolas before the season. But, yes, Montgomery and Flaherty could earn a lot of long-term dollars with big campaigns. And that would help this team's outcome.
Are the Marlins ever going anywhere? The trouble with these superstar trades is the team that trades the best player often losing the trade. Ask the Red Sox how they like the Mookie Betts outcome. Ditto the Diamondbacks with Goldschmidt and the Rockies with Arenado. So I'd keep Alcantara and find other ways to restock. They have him for at least four affordable years.
Cardinals storylines tend to stay the same week to week, year to year because the team pays no heed to fan complaints. So we get a lot of the same complaints over and over.
I predict they extend him before the season.
That was a good trade to land the younger Contreras. But that ownership's cost-cutting could make this season challenging. A lot of young talent will have to come through.