I chuckle at all the Arozarena anguish. The dude has 20 big league at bats. He profiles as a fourth outfielder on most teams. If he turns out to be Tommy Pham, we'll revisit the topic.
Players don't usually snitch. Teams steal signs. Pitchers cut the baseball. Pitchers load the baseball. Hitters have doctored bats over the years. Players have gained all sorts of chemicals over the years and that quest continues. Players seek an edge. Teams seek an edge. This is part of the culture -- as is not blabbing on teammates.
No. If Edman crushes the ball this spring and if any number of Cardinals flail helplessly through exhibition play, Tommy could start on Opening Day. Why not? Player deployment is not currently written in stone.
His bitter rift with La Russ and his desire to play elsewhere.
Montreal wants back in and right now it is trying to share the Rays with Tampa. As for the West, I would try Vegas. Imagine how a franchise there could add some entertainment value to the game day experience.
How often do teams fire a president of baseball operations who assembled a monstrously successful roster or a field manager who has the team in the title hunt every year? Not often.
Apparently Zach is going to terminate his deal in Buffalo and try to land elsewhere for minimal money. At those dollars he could be the No. 8 here. The team added a No. 8 last year with Del Zotto and could do it again, although Mikkola can play at this level. To add a forward like Duclair the team would need to create cap space or trade dollar for dollar and that is hard to do. And at the moment there is no forward Berube is eager to yank from the lineup.
The Blues are promoting the BattleHawks?
No idea there. The Ducks wanted the first-round pick and they were down on Kase for whatever reason. The Backes piece was done to make the cap number work.
True, if he were traded to the 1988 Dodgers.
It's quite possible that this could be a crash-and-burn season. There is more than the usual element of danger. But. again, management figures the 2019 division title and postseason return offered some cover for that. Had the Cardinals missed postseason play again last year, I'm betting the front office would have sought more certainty with this spring;s group.
The luxury tax serves as a soft cap anyway. What MLB needs is a salary floor that forces teams to spend at least a set minimum on payroll.