You can pretend that Fowler's contract doesn't ensure him another good long look in 2020. But he'll play a lot of OF for the Cardinals next season unless he totally collapses..
The Cards had a deal for Stanton before and he didn't want to come here. And you are talking big money for a guy that now carries a big injury question. He could be a team-changer here, but this seems like wishful thinking.
You will have to take that up with Dave Matter. Zero insight here on that.
I've seen a shirtless Gino Odjick taking on the entire Blues with a crazed outburst. We wrote up as a goon in the paper and he asked for copies for his family the next day. That sort of madness was once routine in the NHL.
Given the entire circumstance, I would say yes. Only a total team collapse would sway me -- and they did battle at Georgia.
Molina was a pretty good situational hitter on a team lacking good situational hitters. DeJong deserved to hit eighth and that's where he ended up.
I don't see radio money changing the equation. DeWitt said after the season the team revenue isn't going a whole lot higher. So the budget is not going a whole lot higher.
You want more from your right fielder for sure. He did OK for much of the time he was in the leadoff spot, so that's a plus. If the Cardinals are awash in better hitters in the outfield next season, he will yield some innings.
I never got all the way in those guys. Now, Queens of the Stone Age, that's another matter.
Ozuna never came close to replicating his peak Miami seasons here. Given his streaky hitting, his occasionally clumsy outfield work, the other big contracts the Cardinals are paying and a market prepared to overpay him, that does seem to add up to departure.
Baseball will keep making incremental changes. But it may take a work stoppage than a total reset to rejuvenate the game. The NHL finally achieved that, so it's possible.
Lane Thomas would have played more, but he got hurt. O'Neill has gained good looks. If Ozuna leaves and opens up 150 games in left field, that creates opportunity. Shildt gave Edman a chance and he will do the same for others if they earn it.
I already cast my doubt on a left field offensive upgrade, assuming Ozuna's exit.
The Cardinals have a rotation of Flaherty, Hudson, Martinez, Mikolas and Wainwright now, backed by Ponce de Leon and Gomber. So at this point the team is likely looking for depth protection, not pitchers like the ones you propose.
I would see a penalty like the one the Cardinals got for Hackgate, although in this case the picks were be surrendered, not given to a team.
This assumes Edman falls off a cliff, since Tommy will see a lot of work at 3B next season and perhaps outfield time as well.
I could see a tryout there, yes.
Tough deal there. Mizzou could have used a bigger STL-area success story to counter all the negative narrative about Tigers basketball and this market.
The challenge will be keeping Travis Ford for the long haul. Mizzou has the resources to attract top coaches. If a bigger school comes for Ford at some point, can SLU hit another home run? But as long Ford is in the A-10, he can rack up the Ws. The man can coach and he's finally catching some breaks with his roster.
It's true that the Patriots would never give an extension with guaranteed money like the one the Cardinals gave Carpenter. But that organization also preaches stability at the top. And when you have a great quarterback, everybody else becomes more interchangeable.