What's scary is that on the hockey side, Doug Armstrong actually pulled if off by dumping the Ghost of Jori Lehtera. I would have laughed that trade out of the chat and it actually happened.
There is a stated interest for a lefty bat. And, yes, there are spots open now. The situation remains fluid.
What has Flaherty done? Throw really good pitches that are really hard to hit. If he were a free agent right now, he get a nine-digit contract with ease. You may be the last person alive who considers the W-L record a pitcher's definitive stat.
That seems stupid. Have a DH or don't.
They might have a couple anyway. But a lot can happen between now and then.
You know, I still can't believe that happened. I would love to see what Philly's pro scouts filed on Jori. Did they even attend games?
He could still get one more trip to the minors. Sammy Blais will be back some time after the break and Jordan could still get a little stronger on the puck, But you are seeing what the big deal with this kid is.
With so many outfielders, finding time for Martinez was going to be tough. He got better defensively, but he was still a problem at times. And, yes Ravelo has a chance to fill that role.
Pitching, defense, keep running . . . the usual stuff. Several guys who didn't play a full season with the team last year could do so this year and that could make a big difference. Also, the roster isn't set for the season and it could evolve during the season, based on performance and non-performances.
Faulk is used to heavy power-play usage and he hasn't gotten that here. But he has become more assertive offensively 5 on 5 and I believe we will see some numbers from him in the second half. Defensively he still makes some big mistakes, but he is pretty sturdy along the walls. I didn't realize that coming in.
Eight years, $9 million per.
Good question. What do you do to the team? Make them give up high draft picks? Take away international spending money? Fining the franchise or individuals is pretty useless at this level.
If the Rockies trade away one of top few players in the sport for financial reasons AND take on bad money in the process, why should anybody ever buy another ticket to their games again? Sure, Arenado will collect big coin if he doesn't opt out, BUT HE IS A RARE TALENT. In most worlds having rare talent locked for a long time in seems like a good thing. And, again, why worry about the length of that contract until you know that actually intends to skip the opt-out? That is stupid.
So far, so good. The Blues keep winning at a mind-boggling rate and the Red Wings are shockingly bad.
Different players. Jake can skate a shoot. Niko is a rangy stay-at-home guy. Jake would be a PP guy and Niko would be a PK guy. Mikkola looks really strong on the puck and he is winning Berube over.
This just keeps getting worse . . .
The Tigers were picked 13th in the preseason poll for a reason. They didn't have much proven talent coming in. Potential, yes, proven talent, no. Tilmon was supposed to progress. He didn't, then he got hurt. Mark Smith did not progress and Torrence Watson actually took a step back. Xaviver Pinson and Javon Pickett are trying to do too much. Dru Smith is crafty, but he turns the ball over too much. There is work to do. Martin has to fix his offense, find more talent and do a better job developing what he has.
For a player like that, the Cardinals rely on their international staff. Obviously a guy slated for short-season ball is four or five years away from defining his potential.
I can't imagine Marcell settling for a one-year deal. Maybe the Cardinals are hoping to make one of the years an option year that vests. Mozeliak loves those clauses.
OK, that's it for this time. Have a great weekend!