Teams are not allowed to go way over the salary cap in the playoffs by adding payroll on the fly.
He's on a nice run, like the one he had a couple of years ago early on. Remember when he looked like he was headed toward Norris consideration?
Shildt benched Carpenter for Edman and moved Fowler in and out at times last season, so the answer is yes.
Oskar was a sub fourth-liner, hanging around only because he had to go on waivers. Then he became something special. Blais is getting there now after many false starts. Sanford is stuck in neutral. Fabbri never won over his coach. Same for Kyrou last season. Yeah, it's tough to get playing time on the Blues. They won the Cup. You have to earn the time. Ask Fabbri. Ask Schmaltz. As for Nathan Walker, he has been a North American pro since 2013. So he is what he is.
Probably not, given some of those contracts and the high expectations. Other teams have better excuses for their early struggles.
There's no doubt about that. People hated La Russa because of his postgame news conference demeanor. Never mind that he was a Hall of Fame-bound manager.
Again, the DeWitts have done some good things for the STL. They did so with profits in mind, but that's how things work in America.
I have heard that from many business owners. Some had a point, some did a poor job of running their business and others failed due to other issues in the city behind the control of a baseball team.
In MMA, Luhnow would have bled out during that run of 100-loss seasons. Forget the mop, bring out a fire hose.
Mike will be lucky see the high side of .500 any time soon. It's never pretty when a team starts over. When you take a job like that, you are getting a team ready for the next guy.
That would be interesting. In time, we could see it this year. Nice mix there. I like it.
Excellent point. The secondary market can be buy friendly during the week when there isn't a hot opponent or a great giveaway.
DeWitt doesn't fear an immediate revenue drop-off. Could it come in time? Sure. The recession would hurt and the industry-wide attendance issue will eventually be a bigger factor too.
Sure, but I would DeWitt jack up his payroll to do that? For the record he said no, he's not expecting a big payroll change. But that's an opportunity that might change his mind, since this team made it's play for Stanton before.
OK, now we are getting closer to potential ad copy for the Cardinals.
He's a great story. But he happened to sign with a franchise that has lots of depth. He could help this team as a fill-in, but people went nuts because he had a fast start in San Antonio.
I don't know the rationale of length, other than Mozeliak works closely with DeWitt on all the big calls and the guys on the front line always have less security then the guys at the very top.
I agree that he could spend more and even deficit spend here and there to try to do something special. But then again, he never slashes huge chunks of payroll the way most teams do. His spending has been pretty steady over the years.
His agency can be deliberate. As Armstrong noted, the longer a guy goes unsigned, the more value he can gain or lose. But Doug can be patient too with the talent base he has locked up.