Again, Piazza is a different type of catcher, just as Ted Simmons was different from Molina. Brooks Robinson was a different third baseman from Wade Boggs or Eddie Matthews.
Toronto, by a nose over St. Louis. The media up there is demanding it.
Similar guys from different sides. A-plus stuff, but their command comes and goes. Mammoth futures for both if they can harness their power.
And yet he's had a 10-year career and has been in demand by winning organizations. Jay was the classic fourth outfielder who made a nice career of it.
Wainwright would get the same sort of incentive-driven deal ($5 million base) that he has signed here. Molina would likely have to go for the same deal, since he would bring no marketing value elsewhere. Wong? Interesting case. He is still in his prime, but we're looking at a pandemic market. Maybe he would get take the certainly like Lance Lynn did, taking less per year to get more years. I would have to look at the market, comparables, which teams need a defensive upgrade and so forth to make a judgment on that.
Ok, then who plays third base next year?
Carlos Martinez is untradeable? He has a career 3.51 ERA and he saved 24 games in his last full season. He won 30 games in a two-year span as a starter. He hasn't lost velocity, but coming back from COVID-19 he lost his mechanics. His talent and his modest money ($12 million next year, counting his '22 buyout) makes him attractive.
Yes, he will get votes again. But Mattingly has to winthe award this year, no?
He never lets me wear it, so I don't know.
Yes, that makes more sense than just dumping Wong over that amount of money.
Bishop is under contract through 2023 with a cap hit of nearly $5 million. The Blues will seek a goaltender willing to play some in the AHL next season.
I believe he is just finished. He can't catch up to fastballs and he has lost his command of the strike zone.
That was a questio for Dave Matter's chat. From reading it, it appears both Robinson and Bazeliak will play. Given Robinson's experience, I would give him first crack at Alabama.
Bozak's $5 million will be hard to trade unless the Blues made it work the other's team's effort. Plus he is the team's second-best faceoff guy by a lot. Armstrong doesn't like buyouts, like you say, but they are less punitive than burying a guy in the AHL to save cap dollars. Maybe Armstrong would move a mid-level guy a Scandella is Pietrangelo stayed.
Yeah, but apparently paying him (and increasing payroll to do that) would have been problematic.
No idea and I do not have time to look it up right now.