Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
All along Alex has indicated his destire to explore free agency. And since the Blues lack the cap space for his contract -- no thanks to the flat cap -- Doug Armstrong will have to make moves after the season to clear payroll space if he is serious about keeping Pietrangelo.
I picked them to win the Central Division, going against the tide of a lot of Cincinnati Reds love out there in the media. This could be a four-way race for division. And given the playoff expansion, the Cardinals have a good chance of seeing the postseason if they don't win the division.
I imagine we could see some archived fan footage on the big board to make the lads feel at home.
We'll have to see how it comes off. And it will hard to tell how good the effect is just by watching games on television. There will be some trial and error with the exhibition games as the NHL tries to get it right. Certainly there needs to be plenty of piped in noise because the player profanity echoing through the rink would be bad for the league -- especially on those games during the day.
Sure, but Alex has given no indication that he wants to quit playing. Obviously his salary will be a point of interest after the season as Doug Armstrong deals with the flat cap. Tyler Bozak will be another person of interest.
I talk about this every week. Ballplayers are citizens too. They pay lots of taxes. If they want to push for social change peacefully that is certainly their right. If they want to use their platform to speak out, as other entertainers do, then so be it. We've seen a pretty heady compromise early in this baseball season -- players kneeling before, the anthem, then standing up when it's played. Maybe that will help some fans simmer down.
This will be a wide-open playoff, perhaps determined by which team does the best job of staying free of COVID. Certainly the Blues are capable of repeating, but they aren't the clear favorite. There is no clear favorite. In the NHL there seldom is. If you have to bet Blues vs. The Field, take The Field.
I can see it playing that way. Pietrangelo is way more valuable that veterans the Blues would have to move to re-sign him. Also, moving salary after this season will not be easy because many teams are facing Salary Cap Hell. Had the cap moved up as expected, this scenario would have been far more manageable.
A-Rod has a marquee national broadcasting job in the sport, so I don't think his presence horrifies MLB. This Mets sale will come down to which group has the most real money and which group appears most capable of doing a great job in a key market. Derek Jeter has a squeaky clean image, but his ownership group in Miami is a travesty. Those guys have pocketed the revenue-sharing money while running tiny payrolls. If the owners want to get mad at a former Yankees infielder, Jeter should be the target.
Let's not bring reason into this . . .
It's easy to play salary cap manager with all the contract available on line. Alexander Steen and Tyler Bozak have big money coming next year relative to their Bottom 6 roles up front. Jake Allen is the clear back-up in goal. He would be an obvious trade market, except the supply of available goaltenders will exceed league-wide need by a lot after this season. Jaden Schwartz is a year away from big money, so he may see his name in more trade rumors. Vince Dunn is due bigger money after the season. Niko Mikkola will have a one-way deal and he is ready to play in the NHL. A lot of scouts believe Scott Perunovich is NHL-ready too. Klim Kostin is ready for more NHL work and Jordan Kyrou needs a Top 9 forward role here or elsewhere. What will Armstrong do? Much of that will depend on what the market will bear. Like I said, a lot of teams will be trying to trade away salary all at once. Whether he trades Player A, B or C may depend on which guys he can find a taker for.
DeWitt is involved in major decision making. In this case, the Cardinals did bid on Robert. I believe the Cardinals would have had to pay a dollar-for-dollar tax on Robert because the franchise was already over its international spending limit at the time. Robert got a $26 million bonus from the White Sox, so that would have been a $52 million hit for the Cardinals. So, no, the Cardinals were not willing to outspend everybody to get Robert.
Fans will always have lots of opinions on players. That is the fun of being a fan. But for many, it's really hard for them to accept that these guys are people with lives beyond the diamond, field, court or rink.