As I noted earlier, I spoke with John Mozeliak this week and he likes his roster and is confident in the team going into spring training. I don't expect anything other than some minor-league deals heading into spring training.
Jedd Gyorko has definitely been solid in St. Louis, and there's no reason to expect that he won't be solid again this year.
Unless something drastic changes, Hosmer isn't coming here unless he and his agent decide to beg the Cardinals to sign here on a deal cheaper than what he allegedly has on the table elsewhere.
You're entitled to be wrong. If you cannot see the difference between a negative stereotype used as a mascot by folks who are not from that racial group and a mascot and the Notre Dame mascot I cannot help you.
I have no idea why he hasn't accepted that offer. I also don't know if that alleged offer is actually on the table. Remember, there is always a lot of misinformation put out there by agents trying to get more money for their clients.
I cannot at this point, but we should have a better understanding this spring training.
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I don't think they are involved in active talks at this point.
Mike Matheny will keep his job if they make the playoffs.
I hadn't thought about the XFL much, but it would make sense to put an XFL franchise here. Where would they play, though?
Wow. It's 2-0 now. Huge result for Tottenham. I'm sorry to note that I'm a Manchester United fan, which gives a chance to share the story of the time I took two Manchester United vice presidents to their first Major League Baseball games. I had taken them to lunch in Houston when they noticed that people were walking to Minute Maid Park for an afternoon game in 2010. They asked me what was going on. They then asked if I could get tickets. "Can I get tickets? Are you kidding me?" I said. I made one call, got them in. Then, my pal gave them a quick tour and brought them to visit with then-Astros owner Drayton McLane, so said, "Jesus, go take them to my seats. You guys can sit in my seats." Yep, they watched their first MLB games from the front row of Minute Maid Park as the Astros played the Cubs. Needless to say, McLane made me look good with the Manchester United VPs, who told me they'd hook me up if I ever wanted to go watch a game in Manchester.
Well, Matt Carpenter will still be considered a starter, so he will start on a regular bases. I wouldn't be surprised if Gyorko got 120 starts around the infield and Martinez would get about 80 starts at first.
You're never going to get the union to agree to a hard cap, but the union might be willing to concede a hard cap if MLB agreed to a hard salary payroll floor so that teams weren't rewarded for tanking.
I don't think Jaden Schwartz has a chance to win the MVP. He's one of those unsung guys who are much more valuable to their team's success than fans and even outside media can appreciate if they don't watch the Blues on a daily basis.
Kolten Wong is the Cardinals' starting second baseman. He's earned that regular starting spot. That then leaves first and third for Carpenter, who I think is better off playing at first base. If he is over the shoulder issues that affected him last year, he should be fine at third base, but he's not a Gold Glove third baseman. Regardless, I think fans don't appreciate just how much of a gamer Matt Carpenter is. Fans don't realize how much pain he played through. That kid is Houston strong. He's a coach's son, and he'll be a key to the 2018 season. I expect him to bounce back quite well.
I'm sure they'll try. Why wouldn't they, but I don't see it happening.
I agree with you for the most part, but Heyward clearly has a better arm than Fowler. Many people would disagree with me, but I wonder if Kolten Wong will give Javier Baez a run for his money this year. I agree 100 percent that the Cardinals will hold their own against the Cubs this year. The NL Central race will be a lot closer than the Cardinals' critics care to admit.
Alex Reyes isn't a new player, but he's one that wasn't available last year. I think he'll have the biggest impact on the Cardinals this year. I'll be watching him very carefully this spring. Mikolas is a huge addition. He's one that will be crucial at least until Jack Flaherty and Reyes are ready to step into the rotation.
Look around the major leagues and you'll find that most teams are approaching the season with "ifs." Let the 2017 Cubs serve as a lesson to you that there are no guarantees in baseball or life for that matter.