Bobo's here, look at all the ballplayers!
I didn't read the arbitrator's ruling, but the language in the CBA was clear. Many teams used it to their advantage and Bryant was the first to take his protest that far.
Well, my daughter lives in KC now and she is a big Chiefs fans. So I'll go with KC and Mahomes, who is running even money as the MVP bet.
Armstrong is a big Kyrou fan, so I don't see anyway he leaves the guy unprotected. Also nobody would be surprised to see Armstrong expose Faulk and his contract to the draft and also deal from his young forward pile rather than lose a guy he really likes for nothing.
There is ample pitching upside with Ponce de Leon, Helsley, Reyes, Gomber, Cabrera, et al. Odds are least some of those guys will do more than they did last season. Hudson and Wainwright could regress, true, but Martinez could also pitch a whole season. You never know. As for the hitting, yes, as the team is constructed today, a big step back from an already inconsistent offense is likely.
I believe the Cardinals want that lefty bat to be able to play in the outfield. While Adams has done a bit of that, it's obviously not his strong suit.
Again, why would the Rockies want Matt Carpenter or any of that contract?
He needs to an instant boost for next year via the grad transfer and/or JUCO route. He has brought in good recruits, Kobe Brown and Tray Jackson as the two latest examples, but the inability of this staff to develop Tilmon, Pickett and Watson is a giant concern. A year ago those three looked like great gets from the STL region. But, at best, they hit a plateau. That can't happen in a program that is predicated on hard work and player development.
Some experts have pointed to handyman Brock Holt as a good idea. He plays multiple spots and swings from the left side.
Big City goes to the Big City. Good for him. The poor man's Eric Hosmer stays in the game.
I would say Sosa is a long shot to earn more than fill-in work this season. Munoz is so versatile defensively and he's a known commodity to Shildt. Plus the team paid a big price to get Munoz. But the Cards would love to see Sosa crush the ball this spring and make his case.
It's been a million years since I was around the NBA regularly -- OK, it was just 1986, but you get the idea -- so I never had real contact with him. But like any parent who has followed his children on their sports trail, I felt the death of Kobe and his daughter hit home. And any time a larger-than-life individual dies in his prime, that is so stunning.
That was a mistake, one that we expound upon regularly. Nobody wants Matt Carpenter to bounce back more than John Mozeliak. Nobody!
I'm sure the Cardinals will want to have some conditions, like the one year plus vesting requirements for Year 2 and also some money tied to games played in the first year of the deal. Keeping him at the $20 million per year level just doesn't make sense. But the trick is to keep him and reward him while being realistic AND while not hurting his pride, which is formidable.
This team does have real depth on defense and Dunn could be a chip. Then again, until Pietrangelo re-signs the Blues ought to keep all hands on deck on the blue line. Also, there is a scenario where Dunn gets protected in the expansion draft.
Illinois is equipped to make a nice run this season, but Brad Underwood will be hard-pressed to keep Ayo and Kofi away from the NBA. Those guys are built for the next level and they are rising to the Big Ten challenge. As for the Egyptian Dogs, they could take a run at the postseason tourney with what they have this season.And if Cook comes back next season and passes on grad transfers offers (assuming he is pace to graduate) from bigger schools, then SIU's time could come as soon as 2021.
Until the Battlehawks actually play some home games, I'd say the Chiefs.
The Cowboys do not have more fans than all of MLB. But Elliott, Scherzer, Tatum and Beal are some good contenders for that title.
What groundswell? Outside of this chat, does this topic even come up?