Bobo's here and we've got some ballplayers. Let's go!
The Cardinals were not among the teams initially reported to have met with the free agent from Japan, but that doesn't rule them out. Shogo is looking relatively modest money (two years, $8 million to $10 million) so the price is right. He hits from the left side, plays center field and has a history of getting on base. At those dollars and with the profile, he would add to the outfield competition but hardly rate as a sure starter.
Mizzou football. It's been there a long time and it's not going anywhere. The SEC is a big stage. The XFL is a minor league.
A very good week for Scott Boras. This winter has been much, much different for him. He had the top-end guys and some near top-end guys and they are all getting paid. As is he.
Gorman plays third base and he is not on the big league radar screen for 2020. This team has at least a half-dozen solid candidates for three spots right now, but I could still see the Cards adding another lefty hitter out there if the price was right.
He seems to be an up-and-comer who has succeeded at every point in his career. This is a big, big jump -- but the potential reward seems worth the risk. This was not the time for the school to make a safe hire. Something more is needed to boost support for the program.
There is a LOT of money in baseball. Most teams make crazy profits. So it was weird to see so many owners get cheap all at once last winter. There was no need for that. Conversely, many owners decided to go the other way all at once this winter and spend like crazy. Perhaps these guys realized that they need to put a better product on the field or risk serious erosion of their fan base.
DeWitt has a payroll range in mind for the Cardinals. It usually hovers just in the Top 10 in the majors. There are a lot of ways to get there. Generally speaking he likes having lots of pretty good players rather than few guys eating up massive chunks of payroll and too many replacement-level guys balancing out the payroll. He would rather develop a bunch of players and lock them into contracts that buy into their free agency. To get high-end guys, he would rather trade for them and (as with Holliday and Goldschmidt) and then re-sign them if the fit works for both sides. He would rather use the open free-agent market to fill gaps rather than drive team performance. But . . . when the team develops merely good players and not great ones, that creates a talent gap. The trade-and-resign approach doesn't work as well as it used to, since teams are more likely to keep their stars longer because they can afford to. And when the team fills gaps with mid-level signings that don't pay off, that adds to the woe.
Kuechel, Ryu, Bumgarner and Price.
Obviously the Cardinals hope DeJong can do more. The guy that Shildt saw as a No. 3 hitter fell all the way to No. 8 last season. He was awful with runners in scoring position. Also, the Cardinals hope that Matt Carpenter can do more. That's a lot of hope. But this team was never going to be in the market for Rendon or Josh Donaldson for the reasons repeated here for months, Maybe this team will add another decent hitter to the pile, but the path to improvement next year are 1) internal improvement and 2) depth of the batting order vs. mightiness in the middle of it.
I am Mr. Weepy, actually. Who knows, I might mist up at the Joel Edmundson Video Tribune when the time comes. But, yes, the Blues do a nice job in the community and they have some legitimately thoughtful guys in their group. Shout out to the Ashley HomeStore for stepping up with furniture.
Steen was alternating with Brouwer during the skate today, so that is probably the spot. De la Rose has looked fine on the fourth line. I like his speed there and he does have a feel for the offensive game.
The Yankees can't be thrilled with the remainder on that contract, given Stanton's injury history. I'm sure a lot of teams will keep an eye on that. The Cardinals made a big push for him once and a healthy Stanton would sure change this team's offensive dynamic.
It won't be easy. Flaherty is a bright guy. He gets the business side of things and he knows he is being exploited. Also, he knows the players will push for earlier access for free agency in the next collective bargaining agreement and that will factor into his willingness (or unwillingness) to lock in for a longer term. Hudson isn't in the same caliber. At least in theory, he should be a little easier to secure.
Classic mid-level guy getting into his 30s. He would add to the pile. If he were paid as such that could make sense.
The Cardinals went there to established groundwork for potential trades and meet with agents who have represent the mid-tier players who could fall into a good price range. They did not go expecting to make a pitch for any of the top guys.
There is danger written all over Bumgarner. Somebody is going to give him too many dollars and too many years. He could add leadership to a rotation needing more if that, but that's not the Cardinals.
And the risk with Arenado is that he would just become a rental player. At this point, the Cardinals are NOT positioned to spend big assets on another rental. The talent surplus this organization had has dissipated.
That's ridiculous. The Blues won the Stanley Cup. They rank among the elite teams again this season. So it won't be easy for a prospect to displace a veteran. As I noted before the season, Kostin and Kyrou would factor in this season and they have. How big of a factor will be they ultimately become? That depends on a LOT of issues, but Blues' goal for this year is to win the Cup again, not develop players. As for guys like Walker and Pouliot, when you sign with the defending Cup champion you know the assignment. You provide insurance. If enough guys get hurt, you get to fill in. If there aren't a bunch of injuries, then enjoy River Walk in the winter time.
Don't hold your breath. It looks like the Dodgers could make the Lindor play work and the Braves could be a good fit for Arenado, if the Rockies decide that the franchise can't afford what he could command after his opt-out.
Actually, the Angels could use Mozeliak, That team has managed to avoid making a postseason mark despite spending big money during its Pujols/Trout Era. How is possible to fail so consistently with those resources?