They signed a ton of guys. They have them spread from Memphis all the way down to the Dominican Summer League. Maybe of them were teens, so you won't hear about them for a while. One of them, Jose Adolis Garcia, figures to reach the bigs at some point this year.
I love what Ozuna is doing for my fantasy team, but I'm not ready to put him in the Rolen/Edmonds realm just yet. But, yes, that could be the sort of trade that could make if you determine Grichuk is not the guy. I didn't have a beef with using this year to see what the Cardinals had in him and Wong in particular. Fans demanded Wong's trade and showed that a little patience can pay off.
Molina is locked in for three more years, although he will cede some playing time to Kelly. His knees will demand it. Piscotty has a contract but given all the outfielders this team has, there no guarantees out there.
Plenty of options in the minors -- Weaver, Flaherty, Gant, Gonzales, Zach Duke in a month . . .
He had a nice offensive year and helped the Cubs win a World Championship. Also, that contract did not stipulate that he could not be moved to left fielder, where his defense would rate fine.
Of course, Luhnow tanked four seasons spectacularly to get that talent. I imagine some Cards fans would have objected to a string of 100-loss seasons.
They needed a lefty reliever and he was in high demand. That was what the market bore.
I imagine playing Sierra in center field will help a lot. Shortstop will be interesting, either with DeJong pushing Diaz or the team going outside for help.
I can see being buys if the Cardinals are still in arm's reach and playing well. Those are big ifs. After this past week, I can't imagine these guys being in that spot. Also, the Cubs will make trade after trade if necessary to get rolling. This is there time and they can't waste it.
No idea of what's happening on that front.
He could fall into a bench role. He is getting hits, but he is not producing runs. He is on the clock, like Grichuk.
I don't see him as vocal leader that others follow, nor do I see him dragging the group down. A lot of guys fall into the same category.
I don't mind Tarasenko on the right wing, cutting to middle to score goals. I can live with more of that.
Actually, this team has a lot of guys who played all across the front lines, including Schenn. As I noted earlier, this versatility figures to lead to lots of mixing and matching. That is the case for most teams most seasons in the NHL.
Of course, Lynn would want no-trade protections to re-sign. That would create leverage to trade younger guys, though.
If Williams wants to sign a one-year deal for modest money, great, he can compete for a spot on the second line. Otherwise this teams needs to stay the course with the rebuild. I'd rather give the minutes to younger guys to see if there is more upside.
Again, a lot of these guys have all over the place in their careers. The mixing and matching will continue all season, in all likelihood. Set lines are rare in the league. Set two-player combos are preferred, with rotation in the third spot. Factor in the youth of some of these candidates and this could be a long process.
Allen has great comfort with his new goaltending coach. And it's not like Brodeur is moving to Siberia. He's on call.
There are precious view Cardinals on the untouchable list right now. Mozeliak loves the work of Gyorko, but I'm guessing he is open to overbidding.