Bobo's here early today, waiting on some ballplayers.
First of all, only a moron would trade a first-round pick for Jake Allen. He's doing fine in his back-up role this season, but he and his remaining contract term are not in high demand. Also, I do not see the Blue spending a premium to rent Taylor Hall. Also, as long as there is hope for Vladimir Tarasenko to play by season's end, the team is not in position to take on that sort of salary cap hit. This team can only take on a big salary if it's sure No. 91 is toast until next year.
Gary still has his hands full on the health front. And, no, I do not see him pulling a Bill Snyder and coming back to save the day. If Barry Odom is not the answer, then Jim Sterk will have to choose between one of the many up-and-comers on the market and one of the veterans looking to rebound -- as Larry Smith did way back when.
But Reaves had more value than a back-up goaltender making pretty good money.
I am sure I will be writing some stuff on the XFL. I hope my pessimism is off-base. I want every team to succeed so we have more to write about and debate. The more the better.
I assume Walker could in the mix. Craig Berube wanted to get a look at him in an energy line role and here we are. Austin Pognanski is the Next Man Up after him. Jordan Kyrou continues to put up numbers in San Antonio, so he will be due a look pretty soon,
Flip a coin. He knows what the coaching market is. The athletic department is taking an $8 million to $9 million hit with this bowl ban, so it will need help from the university to get by -- and that gives the chancellor more say in this situation. Firing/hiring comes at a cost, but so does declining interest in the program.
The best way for fans to express themselves is to avoid attending games, buying licensed merchandise and/or contributing to the MLB bottom line in any other way. Writing a letter or posting something in a live chat won't do any good. Rob Manfred is well aware of the industry's growing concern about attendance. If that concern becomes greater, then we will see more change. If attendance recovers and grows, then things will stay the same.
Well, then you would need two DHs unless you want the pitcher to bat. And at this point I'm OK with the DH in the NL. I preferred the only NL-style of ball, but I don't know that we will ever get back to that. Everybody is swinging for the fences and with a few exceptions -- like the Cardinals --- small ball is forsaken. That's a shame, because baseball needs the strategy element to keep fans engaged. There isn't enough action to carry the product.
That is a very popular proposal in our live chats. Giles finished well, but he also suffered some elbow issues during the season. Since he wad on the trade market before the deadline, the Blue Jays have already establish an asking price for him. Certainly this bears watching. Perhaps the Blue Jays will feel bad about fleecing the Cardinals in the Grichuk trade and they will cut John Mozeliak a break . . .
There is work to do. The latter days of Frank Haith and the unfortunate Kim Anderson Era did a lot of damage on the basketball side. The Porter Family Package looked like a quick fix but obviously it wasn't. As for football, I believe the support can be revived. But can it be revived under Odom? He is a True Son who bleeds black and gold, but he is not exactly marketing magic. That is one of the variables Jim Sterk is pondering.
I imagine Luhnow has enough plausible deniability to survive. As for the field staff, well, now that could be a different story. Sign stealing is time-honored part of the game, but video surveillance is a whole other matter. Once you go down that road, where you do stop? Did the team have cameras and microphones in the visiting clubhouse and manager's office?
Mizzou's women were picked ninth I believe. And as we've seen, replacing Sophie is not easily done, even by committee.
Once again we are compelled to note that nothing has changed with the Cardinals. They are paying Carpenter, a left-handed hitter, and Fowler a switch-hitter who's best from the left side, a ton of money for two more years. So I would be surprised to see them spend money in still another bat. David Peralta is coming off shoulder surgery and he has another arbitration year in Arizona. I could see him becoming a trade chip once he proves he's healthy.
Shildt. Mike squeezed every last drop out of that group to win the division and beat the Braves. Wong simply played like he was supposed to play. That talent has always been there. A GM shouldn't have to be thankful for that. As for Goldschmidt, he was NOT the same guy he was in Arizona. Many pitchers overpowered him this season. And age-related regression could make his long-term deal regrettable.
There is no argument there. Like it or not -- and we know where Kevin in DC stands -- Mozeliak and DeWitt are a team. Had the team collapsed this season, perhaps Bill might have changed his view. But Molina and Wainwright got another postseason hurrah, so it's business as usual.
Had Armstrong knew ahead of time that he would lose both Tarasenko and Steen to long-term injuries, Armstrong might have made his pitch for Maroon in the summer. But he wanted to see Sanford, Blais and Barbashev get their chances to progress. They all did just that. . . and then two of them got hurt, along with Sundqvist. Also, Kostin passed his first test before getting hurt in the minors.
Ah, Roy checked in just before you did. He is always willing to take on the tough task of second-guessing a Cup-winning management team.
Well, his arm didn't come off, so that's good. I've seen some Twitter updates that suggest his injury is relatively minor, but details from the minors can be sketchy. It's a shame to see him get knocked out just as he carried more confidence with him back to the minors.