I have no problem with the Cardinals' decision to give Wainwright his contract. He was an All-Star in 2013 and then an All-Star again in the first year of his five-year, $97.5 million contract. He earned that deal and deserved it. If you're going to bet on guys long-term, bet on the ones who represent your team the way Wainwright has. He earned his deal.
I don't know the relationship between both players.
Your opinion has been noted.
If the Cardinals win 90 games and win the Central Mike would definitely land in the conversation for manager of the year, especially because there were so many doubts.
Tarasenko would definitely benefit from a star center.
It's too early to say it's a bust or overpay, but the deal looked good at the time. Let's at least wait to see how the season plays out before we judge the entire four-year deal.
Very good point. Sierra adds a great dimension to the team. They wanted to be more athletic, and that's exactly what they are with those two.
First of all, I don't make the roster moves. Second of all, if you don't see what Wainwright brings to the table on days that he's not pitching, I cannot help you. As I've said, he's a No. 4 or 5 starter. At this point there are not any better options ready in the minors. I won't argue in defense of Broxton, though.
I'll let the hockey experts debate that one, but it sure did seem as though the Blues didn't win many faceoffs against Nashville.
Sierra's main goal should be to worry about leaving a great impression. If he keeps making things happen on the bases and at the plate, he and the Cardinals will benefit.
I don't think any of the Cardinals' management think he's a dud.
Gallen is 3-2 with a 1.80 ERA at High A Palm Beach over six starts this season. He has pitched in only 12 minor league games in his career. It's too early to tell how he projects, but he's off to a decent start. The 2016 third-round pick out of the University of North Carolina has definitely gotten off to a strong start as a pro. You also make sense regarding the need for patience with Sierra, but you cannot blame fans for being excited to see a speedster creating offense with his legs.
There is nothing wrong with a little excitement. The Cardinals know what they're doing, and they have a plan for Sierra. Nonetheless, don't begrudge fans for appreciating his speed after watching a team lack athleticism in recent years. It's not as though he didn't turn heads in spring as well.
That's going to be an interesting question. If Lynn keeps pitching well, I'm sure the Cardinals will be tempted to lock him up long term. Considering Reyes would barely be coming back from Tommy John surgery, it might be unfair to expect him to start the season in the majors next year. Keep in mind that he wasn't guaranteed to make the opening day roster this year heading into camp.
It's not about deepest pockets. The White Sox haven't gone over their bonus pool this year and thus don't have to pay a penalty as well on his bonus. The White Sox might be able to go deeper because their bonus won't be taxed.
Thanks for the chat. I must go now because Sierra just called me from Miami. Look for a Sierra blog soon.