The Cardinals know they traded a mountain of young talent to get Ozuna, so it was odd to see the franchise unwilling to make a longer-term commitment to him -- especially once he cleaned up some of his fielding issues in the second year. The trade price paid for a two-year rental proved to be extreme.
Colorado will have to pay Nathan MacKinnon insane money on his next deal, so paying giant money to Pietrangelo for his twilight years could really have a bad long-term impact. In the near term, though, it could help them finally make a Cup run.
Paying Wong for $12 million for one year in his prime is different than committing $82.5 million to Fowler on a deal extending well past his prime. Part of that premium owed to his ability to play center field, a premium position. As it turned out, Fowler didn't stay there and didn't stay in the leadoff spot either, so the premium was misspent.
For sure Tampa Bay should win. That is a superior team and it may have broken the Stars with that last game.
The last we heard it was off to Grambling State. I don't get why he just doesn't try to test the foreign pro market.
Well, $20 million would be overpay. Maybe $10 million with some easily reached incentives for $15 million would be fair. Or maybe that is too generous. I can't imagine other teams spending big for him at this very late stage.
Piazza is an interesting guy -- a tremendous power hitter, but just sort of passable behind the plate. Obviously if you are making the case for Molina you are stressing fielding, pitch framing and game-calling and general leadership. Some of qualities are easier to quantify than other qualities.
Yes, I believe the Blues would expose Faulk even if they lost Pietrangelo.
Usually it is. Now, when you reward a long-time player who might have been underpaid earlier, than it can make some sense. Also, paying a premium to keep a guy who has marketing value can make some sense too.
I would say there is a better than 50-50 chance of that. But the physical status of Hudson, Mikolas and Hicks could factor into that. If the Cardinals could be without several key pitchers to start next season, that could factor into the trade possibilities.
Voit is getting regular at bats, which he never did here. He got to make the adjustment to the next level with the Yankees and he did. As for Ozuna, sure, that is a better lineup and a better place to hit. That had to be somewhat helpful. But he was a pretty good weapon here once his shoulder got stronger, so it's not lke his power surge is a huge shock.
The commitment to Albert has not paid off. The Cardinals made an all-in commitment to his program, at the expense of other coaches, and the results are glaringly bad. Much of that falls on the players, of course, but when a franchise makes that sort of commitment to one coaching approach and it fails . . .
We try to provide that context, but the haters have to hate.
I certainly get the need for middle-of-the-order heft, but I do not get the obsession with Wong's contract. Could the Cardinals pick up his option and trade him for something else? Sure. Would they simply refused to pick up an option to save a middling contract on a key player in his prime? I suppose in a pandemic they could, but that would be a bit surprising given the prosperity of this franchise over the years. The Molina, Carpenter and Fowler contracts are much bigger discussion points.
I have no idea if Husso can play and the Blues don't either. They are hoping he is ready, but the team will sign a veteran back-up who would be willing to spend some time in the AHL. So that signing might come after the goaltending market plays out.
Let's not forget that a lot of fans were more than willing to turn the page on Ozuna after his two years here. He got better in left field, but he was pretty rough out there and at the time a long-term deal for him looked dicey.
As a former Cub Scout, I can say yes to that. How about the map of Wisconsin? Not sure I was into that.