Bobo's here -- and look at all the ballplayers!
That potential reaction seems a bit extreme, but such a blockbuster move in the face of roster/payroll congestion would be a surprising move for the Cardinals. That's not how they normally do business.
Yep. We have something new to write about. Jim Thomas took a day away from the NHL to check in on the team and he said the front office is excited about the fan response.
Another shoe could drop. Moving two outfielders made a Marcell Ozuna signing more logical, On the other hand, adding an elite pitching prospect made creating a trade package for Nolan Arenado easier -- if the Cardinals opt for such a bold move. I still like Texas over the Cardinals for Arenado for all the reasons we've hashed out over and over in these chats.
I am a fan of the beard, but I just don't see closer stuff there. He is a really valuable piece to the bullpen, offering reliability at a very low price. He can close out games here and there. But the closing role seems like a stretch for him.
I will up my dour assessment to 20 percent chance based on the national writers saying Colorado likes what the Cardinals could offer. Ah, but would the Rockies like that enough to take back Matt Carpenter? That would be stupid, but teams sometimes do stupid things.
That is a great trade on its face. But, again, it could set up Ozuna's return or give Mozeliak a great chip to play for a trade. The Cardinals expect to contend for the division title again next season. So when they trade two guys capable of playing now for future assets, that suggests that other developments are to come,
He was projected to be a No. 2 center, but those playmaking skills do suggest that he could be a very solid No. 1 pivot. His ability to control the puck and feel the plays developing are special. Here's a thought: Keep Schwartz/Schenn and O'Reilly/Perron and try Tarasenko with Thomas next season. Now that would be offensive depth.
According the Cot's Baseball Contracts resource, Reyes is under team control through 2023,
The one much-discussed change is his different stick, which has really improved his shooting. And with Tarasenko down, this team needs Perron to maintain his shooter's mentality.
I could see both players starting in Palm Beach and both moving up to Double-A Springfield. Given the scouting report on Liberatore, it should like he's well-polished for such a young pitcher. So he would have a better chance of reaching the bigs sooner than a slugger.
It's hockey. There's hitting. There's loud music. The atmosphere is way different -- and it would for the NBA too, even without the hitting.
Definitely. I see Ted at the ballpark all the time and he's such a great guy with such great perspectives on the sport. And his numbers don't lie.
He has that kind of ceiling, yes. A lot of teams are intrigued by him. Like Flaherty, he seems to have the whole package. But can he stay healthy? That's the deal with any pitcher. Ask Alex Reyes. High ceiling, but then he sinks to the Pit of Misery as one thing after another happens to him,
His performances in the Chicago Stadium press box were legendary. He would scream at opposing players within earshot of Blackhawks management. Much of what he screamed would doom him in today's PC world. He was especially hard on Denis Savard, the player the Canadiens should have drafted when Caron was Montreal's chief scout. His insults referenced Savard's wife. Not acceptable today!
Husso still has a half-season to prove he could be the guy, but surely the Blues would add a veteran (better than Chad Johnson!) to make sure. A guy like Elliott would make sense if he gets through the season in one piece.
Like an earlier post noted, the two players exiting the Cardinals had no defined role for next season Both can play at this level, but they were part of a surplus. For them the Cardinals got a pitching prospect that gets very high marks from independent analysts. So you have to give the trade an A. But again, pitchers have to stay healthy to make trades pay off.
Ozuna wants to come back and the Cardinals just offloaded a couple of outfielders. To me it's just money and contract structure now. This team knows how Marcell fits within the group and this team knows he will provide a presence in the middle of the order.
Again, with pitchers it always comes down to health. Teams handle these guys carefully because such a high percentage suffer serious injuries at some point (or many points) in their career.
Martin's record would be much, much better if both Porters and Tilmon had stayed healthy. I'm guessing he would have two NCAA berths and one pretty good NCAA run under his belt already. That said, the failure of several players to take a big step this season is a concern. So is the offensive incompetence. If you play slow, you better earn easy baskets while operating with efficiency. This team plays slow and runs a terrible offense Cuonzo will need to add grad transfer firepower and get fresh coaching eyes on that offense next season. In Year 4 he will be in must-win mode.
There's truth to that. At least with Pujols and Price the team was aiming high. The mid-level bad contracts are the killers. So was the needless and costly contract extension for Matt Carpenter.