Signing Puig would definitely cause Mike Shiildt to spit his coffee, milk or whatever he drinks.
I can assure you somebody will be in the No 4 spot to open the season.
The Hall of Fame selection process is really tortured. I makes the baseball writers voting process seem sensible by comparison.
No, I would saw DeWitt and Co. buying the Cardinals, keeping the team here, building the new stadium and redeveloping a chunk of downtown rates higher than that.
Actually, the Cardinals could use Grichuk, his homers and his defense back as protection for another year while the team sorts outfielders. But that's not going to happen obviously.
Bryant is still a Cub. The trade market is waiting to see where Donaldson goes and how serious the Rockies are about trading Arenado. The Cubs would want good young pitching in any package coming back.
He was willing to pay those contracts you mention but at no point has he ever been willing to spend to the luxury tax. He's always had a budget and that budget has always been well below the tax.
I'd say Fisher. He came within a play of Super Bowl overtime. He got stale with the Rams, but that terrible front office undercut him.
The odds of that happening are very remote. A NBA owner would have to step up and buy the building in my opinion to make that really work.
Sure, but Flaherty is a smart guy. He knows he would be worth $30 million per year as a free agent. Buying into his free agency years would not be cheap.
I don't believe this team was going to win the J.D, Martinez sweepstakes, but otherwise your points are well taken.
I would have bet on Babcock, but the accounts of his coaching tactics in Toronto were not helpful. Maybe he will get a shot with a bad team that needs a firm hand. Peters will be hard-pressed to get back as a head coach.
Ozuna would be one more good piece for the Reds, but their pitching in that tiny ballpark will make or break them.
Zach had an eight-game stretch where he produced eight points and a plus-5 rating. He's a fringe guy on a Cup-caliber team but he could break out on a lesser team getting regular minutes. A lot of big forwards have the same problem -- they size and reach gave them an edge through lower levels, bit at the NHL level they must find higher gears.
This roster is largely set now. I could propose deals that offload dead contracts, but proposing such deals is stupid. Just because Doug Armstrong can pull them off for the Blues doesn't mean that they feasible in baseball.[ Earlier in the process I could have rallied behind the addition of a reliever or two, but that market dried up fast.
Flaherty at the moment. Now, if Otani proves his new elbow is great and his stuff his back, then I'd take him and hope he can hold out in the outfield.