Given the crushing economic impact of the global pandemic, I do not see the Cardinals spending a lot of money to add talent. And clearly they have a few guys making big coin that cannot be moved. So I expect the Cardinals to make a move here and there and hope that young players can do a lot more as they develop.
I agree with all of that.
Jack will be thinking more along the lines of Stephen Strasburg equality when he gets his leverage.
If the Cardinals are still in the playoff chase. Can they hang tough for a few weeks until they get closer to full strength. We'll see. But Shildt and Mozeliak aren't going anywhere.
The problem is the salary cap number for next season. Backloading the contract doesn't solve that. Salary cap is based on AAV and Pietrangelo figures to land somewhere between $8 million and $10 million on that.
Not sure why the Devils would take Bozak's money, but that's the sort of trade Armstrong would have to make to free up cap space for Pietrangelo.
When you are in the upper 0.01 percent of a profession, the bosses will shrug off a boycott.
Again, why are we thinking Kolten Wong's 2021 salary is crippling for the Cardinals? Just when he finally rises to the leaoff spot to fill a big need, we get the weekly call to unload him.
There will be a lot of teams right around .500. You never know.
I believe Binnington is a pretty good goaltender. His Cup run was magical and he may never do that again. But he went through the usual ups and downs in the regular season and held up. So he is more than a flash in the pan. Now he needs to regroup and attack next year with some attitude. Husso vs. Hofer. Interesting. Husso sort of stalled out at the AHL level while Hofer suddenly blossomed at the junior level. I am not sure how the front office ranks them, but Husso has a NHL deal for next season so by default he is ahead.
Gotta like the Lightning. And good for Maroon and Shattenkirk, two of the all-time good guys.
I do not expect a lot of trade activity for the reasons Mozeliak has outlined in various interviews. His roster is in flux, guys are in various stages of rust removal and the 60-game season was a bit of a joke before the COVID-19 outbreak made it more of one. Oh, and the franchise is taking a massive financial beating and those losses could continue next year.
I have no insight on what the Cardinals saw or didn't see in him at the time.
I believe voters are more concerned if they have a job Monday and if Aunt Judy will die from the coronavirus than if the Badgers don't play on Saturday. And I am sure there will lots of politcal ads about mounting death tolls, unemployment, long-term economic ruin, global warming and so forth. I would be surprised if holding Big Ten football hostage is the lynchpin of his swing state campaign.
But you're not the GM, so who cares.
Afraid of Torts? The Torts who bailed out of his final news conference in the face of media scrutiny? Good one.
Yeah, well he's not going anywhere any time soon. So you will have to endure annual contention for a while.
Yeah, he still looks like Jim Thome up there, going to the upper deck. It's not working.
If you want to debate police shootings, take that topic elsewhere. We have our hands full here with the Cardinals' offense.