I don't mind left-handed shooters on right wing, cutting to the middle on their forehand to get more to shoot at. How many goals are scored on shots off the wing on the rush?
As Armstrong notes, this is getting settled one way or another by August. Parayko has his qualifying offer and I'm guessing they get this done. It is the only real contract issue and there is money under the cap to make it happen.
You hear that the league is coming to realize that this organization was about the last one you would want to take into that market. This is just more of the brutal incompetence we saw from this group in the STL.
What does it say about fans that they demanded La Russa's firing week after week, month after month, year after year after year after year after year during his regime. And I'm well have lots of Matheny nostalgia some day when there is a manager in place without a playoff string to his credit.
It's not like DeWitt is telling his staff not to go after elite players. Fact is, when you win, you don't have high draft picks. When you win, you don't trade proven players for elite prospects. The Cardinals are paying the price of sustained success. Note that no team has been as consistently competitive as this one. Note that other teams resort to deliberate failure to rebuild. So do you want DeWitt to change up and order his team to tank the next four years?
Yeah, we could see Fowler in left. And to take ABs away from Piscotty, Grichuk is going to have to finally find the consistently he hasn't enjoyed since the low minors. I can see Randal in the fourth OF spot one day. Or I could see Fowler moving on to another situation, given fact Sierra could be the starting CF at some point next season.
Injuries have always been an issue, even in the Ripken Era. What changed this year is the 10-day DL, which makes teams more likely to DL players with mild injuries rather than have them try to play through. In other words, a 3- to 5-day malady is more likely to land a guy on the DL now. With the 15-day requirement, they played through.
Sure, this team could sell off and play the kids. The Cardinals have beaten the projections many times, but that run is over.
Used to work at Mizzou Arena, so maybe he had a bad boss. At least he didn't run over a Porter in the process.
Well, the Cardinals filled needs with mid-level free agents because Mozeliak believed they were a contender. If he sees next season as the continuation of a rebuild, then perhaps he will view the market different. As for Fowler and Cecil, both are still assets. But you're right, the Cardinals would pass on both on a do-over because this team wasn't nearly as good as Mozeliak believed. Also, Sierra is about two years ahead of schedule as an outfielder and the other OF prospects are developing well.
Martinez turns 30 this season. His next contract could be dangerous. This team has a stack of outfield prospects. This does not excite me, not for a team that needs to build a new team nucleus with some younger guys.
Of course, the Cubs got much of that talent through years of deliberate failure.
Hardly anybody is playing so well as to block another player forever and ever. In Kelly's case, he should be enough of a hitter to play some first base when he isn't catching. Even with Molina's contract, I can't see this team moving the only decent catching prospects developed since Molina. Too hard to find those guys! The other surpluses will sort themselves through performance. And, yes, Mozeliak will eventually trade from surpluses because the Rule 5 draft keeps teams from stockpiling.
I believe this is his last chance to secure a spot in the nucleus and get Piscotty money. If he ends the same way as other streaks ended, then he will either be a fourth OF here or trade bait.
Actually the Cardinals changed up and spent big time on international prospects. They didn't get every target, but they were willing to pay huge penalties to spend in excess to land a number of very good prospects. Going forward, they might have to change up and spend crazy on the free agent. I will need to see that to believe it. To a degree other teams have caught up to their draft-and-develop success, but the only way to combat that is to join the tank-and-rebuild trend. DeWitt is a holdout on that one. Bad business.
No Busch is no so bad, eh?
I love Reaves too and what he brings to a team. But the chance to draft a potential Top 6 forward was too great to pass on.
I dunno, I look at the age, his numbers, this team's needs. . . .
Left field definitely must be an offensive position. And that is where Fowler is headed with those chronic heel problems and all the centerfielders this team has in development.