As I've said in earlier chats, that option for Wong is highly affordable even in the face of lost revenue. He offers plus-plus fielding as well as speed. I'm not sold on him at leadoff, but he would have value lower in the order at those dollars. Tommy Edman is needed at third base for at least one more season. When we get to mapping out 2022, then we look to see where Nolan Gorman and Elehuris Montero are in their development at third base and whether Edman slides over to second.
I don't believe he can expect eight-digit salary offers in this climate. But the flat cap will make it difficilt for the Blues to keep Alex at even a moderate raise over his current pay, As we note each week, the Blues would have move out a lot of money to do that -- and moving out money in this environment will be hard.
Yeah, the flat cap is bad enough for the players, but we may a fair number of teams refuse to spend to that flat cap for the reasons you state. This will not be a one-season economic hit. It could take the NHL a while to recover.
That, or they need to develop another special hitter or two. Once this teams gets past the Carpenter/Fowler/Molina commitment, there will be money to spend. But like I said earlier, there are fewer and fewer opportunities to add an impact bat externally. And I just can't imagine DeWitt committing Betts/Harper dollars/years to a free agent.
We covered that in Tipsheet today, with similar thoughts from other players and from other writers. So Manfred wakes up and realizes that he should punish players who cheat in that fashion. Kelly's antics were over the top, but somebody was going to come after the Astros because Manfred gave those players a pass. Also, those Astros did a poor job of taking responsibility for their actions.
It did not take long to go off the rails, did it? I'm sure players will start taking this more seriously, but it seems this scheme was just set up to fail.
If it got to that point, things would be truly bleak. Let's see what Carlson can do and if Thomas and O'Neill can show more than we have. By now I think we know who Bader is as a hitter. I'd love to be wrong because he adds some pizzazz to a team lacking excitement.
But as we always note, Arenado plays the one position where the Cardinals really like their future offensive potential. And this franchise traded a LOT of young talent to rent Ozuna for two years and get Goldschmidt for his twilight season. That depleted the system, creating possible hesitation to trade. Then there is the need to curtail spending given the 2020 losses and the long-term economic downturn.
Like BenFred, I endorse using Kim to replace Mikolas in the rotation. Kim's skill set seems more suited to starting. I would use Gallegos to close and add Ponce de Leon to the relief pile. Daniel leans hard on his fastball and that might play better in relief. Maybe he picks up a few MPH in the process.
Some of the NHL camera angles in certain arenas were not great. With no fans in the way, the networks can put cameras any place. I believe you can get a better sense of the game's speed in this set-up.
Other than Carlson and pitcher Jake Woodford, who is on the team now, the Cardinals don't really have any near-term prospects that you haven't already seen. Guys like Dean, Schrock, Williams and Sosa are more Class AAAA guys than prospects at this point. The Cardinals will play young guys this year (Flaherty, Hudson, Edman, O'Neill, Bader, Thomas, Carlson, Gomber, de Leon, Helsley) a lot and get a better idea of where they stand moving forward.
Yeah, there is too much pressure on Carlson to save the unit. He is a fine prospect, but the fact he is the only promising young hitter anywhere near the big leagues puts extra focus on him.
The Cardinals have two players with positive tests and now the trick is determinng if there is spread. The players face a bettery of tests. You will recall that the Marlins played on in a similar scenario and ended up with a massive outbreak. MLB learned a hard lesson there, so we will see much more caution.
The Cardinals sent him to Springfield to protect that service year. But now they can use him without worrying about it. The abbreviated season shortened up the requirements for burning/not burning a year.
I think using replacement players to that degree would make things so farcical that all parties would want to call off the season.
That's about right. He had a .320 minor league career batting average despite being a free swinger. Had he matured and got the chance to hit the juiced baseball . . . oh, my, that would have been a show.