Because there are guys in their way. Gant was highly effective in his relief role last season and Helsley might help the team in relief than as the No. 7 starter stuck in Memphis waiting for somebody else to get hurt.
For me, it's not what they say in the Cardinals' front office, it's their track record. This team has made big plays before, going for Stanton before settling for Ozuna is just example. But this team is not fond of adding a huge salary at a position where there is already a huge salary and also a young player who can do a very good job for minimal money. Now if there is a way to offload Carpenter's salary -- which would be a miracle -- then a deal can make sense. Maybe we've seen so many Carpenter at bats that we cannot envision a world where that is possible.
I am very impressed with Niko. He plays a very strong game on the puck. He needs to add more strength to withstand the NHL-level hitting, but the rest of his game appears to be there. Still another rangy D-man on the blue line.
What are you watching? Flaherty is one of the most talented pitchers in the game. ESPN recently had him as the No. 6 starter in the entire industry.. At that level he is worth $30 million a year on the open market, which he does not have access to. THAT is his beef about salary..
Yes it would. That would be stupid on Colorado's part, but that franchise keeps doing dumb stuff -- like shopping a generational talent who loves playing in Denver.
That platoon does not excite.me. The Cardinals can do better.
He changed the flex, taking his cue from Jonathan Marchessault of the Golden Knights when he was in Vegas.
Obviously there is injury risk with any pitcher. And obviously the Cardinals have reviewed his medical records. Will he stay healthy? Who knows.
We're years away from knowing whether he has the potential to become an everyday catcher. But he hit the ball well as a teenager and now we'll see what he does at the short-season level. Why trade for him? He has potential and he's a catcher. Finding a good catcher is really, really hard so you pile 'em up and let nature run its course.
I don't see them going the old side deal route. Pietrangelo knows that if he finishes his career in the STL he will likely have opportunities with the franchise if he wants them. I don't see him leaving to chase the last dollar, but if he does he does and the Blues would be prepared to move on. That reality allows Armstrong to avoid extortion at the bargaining table.
As far as his contract clock goes, I believe his minimal service time makes him a rookie. Cot's has him in the same category as Edmundo Sosa as far as that goes.
Of course they would love to move Fowler. But who is going to take that contract and how does Dexter feel about all of this?
I have become slightly less skeptical because of what the national guys are writing and because the Cardinals just added a potential key trade piece.
I am not a fan of the format, but trying to play real hockey in an All-Star format also led to disappointing results. At least in this format there is almost no chance to somebody getting hurt in a collision.
The Blues have done very well drafting on the watch of Doug and Bill Armstrong. Credit goes to the amateur scouts mostly, but this has been a team effort.
The Blues were hoping Evan Fitzpatrick could be that guy, but he has never developed, He only has eight career games above the ECHL level. So I'd say Joel Hofer, who starred at the World Junior Championships and the WHL this season, He played one AHL game last season and he should be ready for regular AHL work next season.
I see Texas as the more likely landing spot for Arenado. If he doesn't come here, it wouldn't be a whiff. That trade has never been a natural fit for the franchise. As for wanting to win, the Cardinals have proven that with division titles, postseason victories, pennants and World Championships on DeWitt's watch.
He is a Ken Hitchcock disciple with a much better ability to connect with players, having earned respect on the ice for so many years himself.
Can't help you there. But that money was a small percentage of the total financial adventure.