To be determined. That is the case for digging deep for Ozuna. The case against digging deep for Ozuna is the very real possibility that he could become another bad contract, especially if his deal drags well into his 30s. As we have seen here in the STL, age-based decline is a real thing.
The owner likes continuity and wants this team in contention every year. When the Cardinals are no longer getting into contention every year, then he will consider change.
Yes, the Cardinals are profitable. But DeWitt will also note his huge investment in St. Louis at a time when others were running from downtown. That investment should pay off nicely, as investment in the ballclub has, but let's not forget that DeWitt has put a lot into this city. August Busch III bailed on baseball, bailed on brewing and essentially bailed on the city. Kroenke went the extra mile to trash the same market he makes a real estate fortune in with other non-Rams projects.
The Cardinals agree with your view of free agency as a supplement to player development. And while they have remained pretty good at player development, they have whiffed again and again in free agency while targeting mid-level players to fill needs. The Mike Leake and Brett Cecil deals put dead money on the books for years. Dexter Fowler's money isn't dead, but it's excessive. Miles Mikolas went from a free-agent steal to an overpaid keep. All of this has caught up to the Cardinals and all of this makes it less likely we will see a huge play of any kind this winter..
I honestly have no insight on that. Rick Hummel wonders if the odds didn't worsen when J.D. Martinez decided to stay in Boston. Ozuna is arguably the best outfielder available. It's him, Nicholas Castellanos and Yasiel Puig. So there's a good chance Ozuna can get overpaid this winter. Can the Cardinals afford one more potential overpay? Would that amount to quadrupling down on earlier bad bets?
OK, there were a LOT of home runs from may on for DeJong. And plenty of walks too. But, again, his inability to make consistent hard contact really hurt this offense.
I haven't used "cheapjack goon tactics" or "Munster-sized enforcer" in a while. Too much time away from the hockey beat! Also, I need to work in "keel-hauled" more often while describing a bad defeat.
DeJong offers very solid fielding at shortstop, but third base is a bigger offensive position and his numbers there -- if his current trends continue -- would be problematic.
Fans get a little worked up. Also, bow ties trigger some people. They really do.
Yeah, the Fowler moved seemed a bit knee-jerk by Cardinals standards. He checked multiple boxes at the time, but when you think about all of the former Cardinals outfielders excelling elsewhere you really question that huge commitment to Dexter.
Many things must go well for this team just to get back to 90 victories. Carlos Martinez could make a good rotation very good -- maybe even great if Flaherty and Hudson progress further. But what about the bullpen? There are some good pieces there, but nothing to feel great about in the ninth inning as we speak. With or without Ozuna this team needs more offense from the outfield. Which, if any, of those young guys can be a consistent plus? Also, this team cannot afford to have Carpenter and DeJong hitting in the low .200s month after month. There is work to do and it's hard to make improvement on the margins of the roster.
Sounds like Hargrove had a hiccup there. Travis Ford gave 10 different guys pretty good run and did not give Hargrove a whiff. As far as I know there was no injury, so that much have been a refection of what has happened in practice. Hargrove played 6:44 in the exhibition against Kentucky Wesleyan, which was the 11th most time of any Billiken in that game. This IS an exciting SLU team. Ford finally has some depth and that will allow him to coach even harder in practice and create tougher competition for minutes. He has not had that luxury since taking this job.
Nope. He has assists in two of his last three games. He is still logging big minutes. Not only is he adapting to new teammates and a new system, he is also dealing with ever-changing pairings. He is never going to be a Norris Trophy candidate, but he can shoulder a big workload and play in all scenarios.
Allen's victory was huge for him. That gives him confidence and his teammates confidence in him -- which had been lacking. There is a lot of talk about "load management" for goaltenders these days. Binnington held up well in the playoff grind last season, but there is no need to kill the guy if Allen can win some games. If Jake can start 25 to 30 games this season that would be ideal in my opinion. The Blues had to push Binnington hard early this season when Jake struggled, then got hurt.
There was quite a bit of talk about that at the news conference. On one hand, continuity at the top yielding stability in vision. Moderate turnover below -- be it with players on the roster, members of the field staff or operatives in the player development side -- can keep things fresh. That is the cold part of the business.
This team has an army of guys who could wear a letter. But everybody would agree that O'Reilly has been a tremendous leader by example, so that was a no-brainer. Then again, Schwartz is well-respected within the group for his character and work ethic. It will be interesting to see how Berube moves the letter around due to the injuries, but he has lots of choices.
Walker has put up numbers in the AHL, but he is strictly viewed as a depth guy. De la Rose is seen a fourth-liner and penalty killer, offer size and decent wheels. He sounds like a guy Berube would like, but the Chief will have to make that assessment himself.
Tarasenko has been down this road before. I don't believe his injury was as serious or this surgery was as involved as the one before. Tarasenko is due to talk about this when the team returns home, but this team is pretty vague when it talks about player recovery timetables and such. And wisely so. As the team gets into the new year, the team hopes to learn where Tarasenko could realistically return to the playoffs. If he can, that will limit what the team does before the trade deadline. If it appears he is done until next year, then the team can spend his salary cap allotment on a rental forward to add more depth and perhaps scoring.
And I suppose the NLDS was more about the Braves losing than the Cardinals winning. Deal with it people: The Cardinals reached the Final Four. That is a good thing.