That contract for Flaherty met the arbitration projections from independent analysts. It's a lower number, almost half what Montgomery got, due to the injuries. But if he stays healthy this year and pitches to his ability, he will get crazy money in the market.
Joe McEwing is a guy the organization has liked for a long time and obviously Oliver Marmol was comfortable with this move.
I doubt it. It was nice to avoid arbitration, even if it mean giving Jack slightly more than the numbers crowd projected him to get in arbitration. Flaherty has come this far to get this close to free agency I would expect him to bet on himself and his ability to stay healthy. I expect him to test the market.
Why would anybody trade for Paul DeJong?
Yeah, that's the other side of it.
That was never going to happen. That was not a need position. Having more pop at shortstop would be great, but the team hopes to add that at catcher and in the outfield this season. Going forward, as discussed earlier, pitching needs will be expensive to fill if the team doesn't develop several good arms. And until he proves he is not a top prospect, the Cardinals will leave a path for Masyn Winn.
I can't imagine the Cardinals want him to live with that guy day after day after day for the better part of nine months. Maintaining team culture has been one key to the Cardinals outperforming peer franchises.
No, they are not sure things. They fall in the category of "let's take a look at some guys in the spring." Maybe they show something, maybe some other guys get hurt and maybe the team has both an unanticipated need and an unexpected solution, at least in the short term.
If Bauer persists with litigation, he better never take the stand himself.
I'd add Buchnevich to that untouchable list, given his prime age, productivity and cap-friendly deal. Also, I would not trade Faulk. Can you imagine the defense without him?
That would be ideal. But if that is in the plans, the club has done a great job keeping it quiet.
Mike Bullard! That was the key piece coming back in that trade. Yes, it was made under duress for non-hockey reasons, but Mike Bullard? His hockey career was on life support at that point.
I will allow that plug to stand. Tyler does great work.
If that proves to be the market for Montgomery, the Cardinals have proven willing to swim in those waters, as you note. A six-year term might make them squeamish, but that AAV fits the team model. The Cardinals will have motivation to extend to gain pitching certainty past this season, but Montgomery could feel more motivation to test the market after seeing the crazy contracts of this winter.
I believe a good one-time shot for the power play might have added another 5 goals a season, maybe 10 more in a peak year. And you can argue that he should have scored more "great goals" had he used his strength around the net more often. But otherwise I don't believe No. 91 left a whole lot untapped. We're talking about six straight seasons of 33 or more goals when healthy. He has been a volume shooter who fires pucks from all angles. He has been fast enough, but he was never going to be explosive. He makes a move here and there in the open ice, but he doesn't have the ability to turn defenders inside out with consistency.