This is absolutely the time to spend some money, for the reasons you list. This team has a lot of low-cost production in place. The Cardinals held on to most of their top prospects, so they have trade leverage as well. The road the playoffs will be tougher next year with a balanced schedule and the Cubs likely to rise, so this team better be more aggressive.
Terrible loss for the franchise and its fan base. We've lost another one from a great, great era.
Scandella is on long-term injured reserve now, along with Scott Perunovich, This team has a bit of salary cap space now and Armstrong hopes to build more as the season goes along. And, yes, he should be on the lookout for a defenseman.
That Illini fan base was more than ready for the NIL world. Brad Underwood is sitting in a great spot now -- and the man can really coach.
That would not be an overpay, In fact, might not be enough to get a player who will be in high demand.
You mean points, of course. I believe they can get over 95 if they stay healthy.
This is certainly the first Alcantara/Oviedo comparison I have seen. The Cardinals were into Year 3 with Oviedo trying to stick at the big league level. They loved the guy on a personal level, but on the baseball level he was running out of time with other pitchers pushing up the ladder toward the 40-man roster.
The playoffs were not an afterthought at all. The Cardinals tried to rest Arenado and Goldschmidt to make sure they were ready for the postseason, but obviously that didn't work. Wainwright insisted on trying to pitch through his dead-arm period to get to the other side . . . but he didn't get to the other side, so he sat out the first two games. The Cardinals used their most effective starting pitchers in the first two games and got good results. But their best hitters didn't hurt and their All-Star closer broke down in Game 1.
I got to the Post-Dispatch in 1986 and never left.
I'd throw the bat boys into pullovers, just like the field staff. Leave uniforms to the players.
Nah, I'll leave that job to Louie
Well, Missouri was competitive in a couple of games, which is a good sign. But "closing the gap" is optimistic. Overall it appears the Tigers will take a step back this season, which not ideal at this point in a coach's regime.
Yes, the Illini are definitely headed in the right football direction. Right now I'm guessing Wisconsin wishes it had its old coach back . . .
Albert didn't seem overly interested in his milestone baseballs, so my recommendation to any fan is to sell the baseball and get the big coin. If you want to meet Albert later on, then buck up to get access at one of his charity events and do some good in the process.
I don't expect a regime change, unless John Mozeliak wants to retire and get out of the grind. He is under contract for another year. I believe Girsch had a deal through this season. I expect we'll get clarity on where everybody stands with the front office and the field staff soon enough.
There is no hidden payroll. All payrolls and individual contracts are available for review on multiple websites. Molina got a $1 million raise for 2023 after a good 2022 season. Wainwright got a huge raise in base pay ($9.5 million) based on his very, very good 2022 season. The Cardinals were didn't offer a bunch of long-term free agent deals because they had a lot of young players on the cusp. And, in fact, they got a lot of production from those young players on the cusp, thus validating their strategy.
Both of those statements are true and I agree with the assessment.
If Anthony Rizzo wants to be on the field then, no, the STL would not be the place to land next.
I believe Goldschmidt's contract calls for $1.5 million MVP bonus. He also has bonus clauses for various playoff MVPs, but . . .