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That is a pretty good questions. From all indications, Pete Rose and Alex Rodriguez have been quite good on TV. I've been working and unable to watch, but I've heard good reviews. It's amazing that you brought up Steve Howe. He was such a tortured soul. He got like a million chances, and he kept blowing them. Literally. It's TV. It's not a big deal. Rose is a beloved figure for many baseball fans, and he's quite the character for TV.
I've known Dexter Fowler for a few years. He actually played for the Astros one year, so I covered him before the Astros traded him to the Cubs. I know him well enough that I'm sure he would have dismissed the Cardinals question if he didn't think he'd consider them. Keep in mind that he almost signed a deal with the Orioles.
Holy smokes! Now that's a scenario that would shock the heck out of everybody. That's actually a great idea, but there's no way in heck Mizzou would pull that off. Barry Odom deserves at least two years to show progress. You have to believe that Gary Pinkel deserves plenty of blame for letting this team slide so badly. With that said, you can't lose to a Midde Tennessee team that lost by 23 to Vandebilt. I will be shocked if Mizzou reaches a bowl game. They will likely lose one of their next three games again South Carolina, Vandy or Kentucky.
Dexter Fowler is a guy I would consider because it won't cost you anything other than his salary to acquire him. At this point, I wouldn't give up prospects for anybody who isn't a game-changer, and there's not a truly difference-making elite center fielder on the trade or free agent market. It's either go big or go home for me, so unless you can find a way to pull off a miracle trade for Mike Trout, why not go the free agent route and improve the defense with Fowler?
I don't know if it would be the end of the world, but I sure wouldn't extend him a qualifying offer. He hit .178/.209/.387 with only 19 total bases in the final month of the season when the Cardinals were desperate. He cost himself a lot of money with a disastrous performance after the All-Star break. I'd offer him $11 million for another year, but I wouldn't give him a long-term deal or a qualifying offer.
I like Carlos Gomez a lot, but I don't think the Cardinals are in a position to gamble that he'll turn it around this year. They need a better option. Gomez showed some signs of life with the Rangers, but you cannot ignore his struggles with the Astros.
I agree with you. Carter' Are's commitment is a great sign for SLU. I visited with coach Ford last week. I was very impressed with his practice. His players are really buying into his aggressive style and his high standards. This season will be rough with only nine scholarship player, but the future is definitely bright. I would expect them to make some noise next year and perhaps even surprise a team or two this year.
The starting pitching market isn't likely to be very strong this year. If the Cardinals want to upgrade their starting rotation with an elite arm through the trade market, they might be wise to go after Chris Sale of the White Sox. It won't be cheap. You'd have to give up a guy like Luke Weaver in a package.
That is a very good point. As I told the gentleman who suggested hiring Les Miles, there's no way that Mizzou would get rid of Barry Odom to land Miles. That would set a bad precedent. With that said, Odom should have his team better prepared for the Middle Tennessee teams of the world.
If Baylor is undefeated, they will be considered. But the Big 12 is so weak that it's tough to make a case for a Big 12 team to make the College Football Playoff. Any loss in the Big 12 will pretty much eliminate a Big 12 team. That league is pretty bad right now.
I'm also stunned at how bad Mizzou's defense is. Mizzou is fortunate to play in the SEC East.They would be absolutely destroyed by most of the SEC West. Odom is considered more of an expert on defense than offense,so he shares some of the blame.
Rasmus is going to be a free agent this winter. He was on a one-year deal after stunning the Astros by accepting their quality offer. Regardless, the Cardinals have no interest.
You make great points. I didn't want to dismiss the person's anger because I've found that fans here tend to need empathy. I learned that when I dared to admit that I wasn't crying because the Rams left. The Blues are the first to admit that they didn't play up to their expectations last night.
I would suggest that the Cardinals should pick up Jaime Garcia's option. They have enough depth with Lance Lynn that they don't need to pick up a starter like Hill. Instead of spending money on Hill, I would go into spring training with Martinez, Reyes, Wainwright, Leake, Lynn, Garcia and Weaver. Those are good options.
I know few people believe me, but I'm really not a fan of a specific team. I grew up a Dodgers fan in L.A., and that's probably the team I would most like to see win a World Series. I'm cheering for the best column. I hope this Series goes seven games and ends in a no-hitter. Now that would be a hell of a story.
If the Marlins were to unload Stanton, it would take a steep price. You would have to believe a guy like Alex Reyes as part of the package.
I hadn't even thought about how many World Series I've covered. Let's see, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2016. I attended two others as a fan of baseball. My favorite by far was the 2000 Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees because of the great storylines in the first World Series between two New York teams since the Giants and Dodgers had headed West. I was a Mets beatwriter at the time, and it was cool to cover that Series as a beat writer.
Weaver climbed quickly up the Cardinals' farm system. I have to believe that he can still use a bit more seasoning in the minors. He throws strikes, so he'll be successful in the long run. Give him some time.
Right? I didn't want to blow that question off, but I had to point out that Rasmus is not an option.
It's cold. It was drizzling here at Progressive Field about 40 minutes ago, but I don't see any rain at this time. The tarp is still over the infield.
I would assume that the Cubs will not make him a qualifying offer. If that's the case, they won't lose a draft pick. But you do make good cases.
It wouldn't be bad form. It would actually be a good idea.
Thanks for participating this week. I have to run now to go downstairs. It's starting to pick up here as media starts to file into the press box for Game 2 of the World Series.