Thank you for the nice compliment. I looked up to Joe and have a long way to go to live up to the great legacy he left here.
Thanks. The Cardinals realize they will need some upgrades. I expect them to improve the club this offseason. They will go after a legit middle-of-the-order bat.
Here's what Bill DeWitt said when I asked him about the type of contract you mention. "Without mentioning names, would your team be willing to absorb a $325 contract?" I asked him.
DeWitt said: " think you have to value every contract and every player. That’s one of the things we’ve been pretty disciplined about and have been for a number of years. I think it’s part of the reason we’ve had success. I know you’re referring to Stanton, but there’s other players that have big contracts. We evaluate, ‘What can we afford?’ That’s a good question because we don’t know what could be available down the road. It’s really trying to make sure that when you take on a contract or make a trade you’re getting value not only in the short-term but in the long term. As you can see some of the long-term free agent contracts don’t really work out toward the end. Clubs wish they hadn’t done them. We can afford a payroll that is very competitive and in the top third, which is where our revenues are, and that’s the way we look at it.”
Thanks. I don't think anybody would make that suggestion.
Thanks. Many people have told me it's a great tour.
I wouldn't give up on their starting pitching just yet, but Dallas Keuchel has struggled mightily lately. I have faith in Keuchel, who is a big-game pitcher. He'll be ready when the bell rings in October.
Thank you for your very nice compliment. Thank you for reading the Post-Dispatch.
As I said, I don't have any new info on MLS2STL. Until I hear otherwise, I cannot report that it's back on.
You can always find room for an ace on your staff or at least find time to kick the tires on that trade market. I would target Yelich or Ozuna this offseason.
I don't like to see teams tank. I think it's unfair to the fans who pay to see major leaguers. The end results paid off in Chicago, and they appear to be paying off in Houston, but the Astros' fans really paid major league ticket prices for minor-league baseball from 2012 through 2014. I covered those teams, and it was embarrassing at times.
If it's just to pick up his contract, I'd say yes.
I initially scoffed at your suggestion that Lance Lynn is now the Cardinals' ace, but it's not an outlandish point. I would still say Martinez is the ace, but Lynn actually has the higher Wins Above Replacement, 2.7 vs. 2.6. I will disagree with you, however, when you say that he'll be inexpensive. Lynn is about to cash in if he remains healthy.
Plan B is still locked up at a secret location. The fact that MLS2STL hasn't officially been eliminated by the MLS commissioner means you cannot assume they are eliminated, but I bet MLS is pretending all 12 candidates are still under consideration so they can get concessions from as many communities as possible.
Ozuna would be a good option.
Well, the new affiliate will be crucial because they need to have their own affiliate. It will be interesting to see how they cope with having to loan their prospects out to Chicago this season.
You're wrong. I'll tell my white wife that you think I hate white people. She'll laugh.
I don't know. I hate when guys change what got them to the majors. I would suggest they stick with what got them to the majors until the league makes them change.
Thanks for the list of nicknames.
You cannot underestimate Tommy Pham's impact on the team.