I would assume the Cardinals will go after Manny Machado next winter, but I don't expect them to play in the Bryce Harper market. So the answer to your question is yes.
I have to believe the Cardinals would definitely listen if Lynn asked to return on a one-year deal. I wonder if Lynn regrets not taking the Cardinals' qualifying offer.
Yes, I would assume the Cardinals will owe it to their fans to make a run at Manny Machado. Let's start the #Machado2STL hashtag now.
I expect Wacha to be a six-inning pitcher. I expect Mike Matheny to buy into the data that shows that pitchers tend to struggle more when they go a third time through a batting order.
Thanks for your thoughts. The agents and the union have waited way too long to cry about this market. They need to take this fight up during the next collective bargaining agreement. As long as MLB continues to accept that a third of the teams aren't even trying to win, the union must hope that fans start to demand big league baseball for big league ticket prices. If I'm the union, I'd hammer that point as often as possible to remind some fan bases that they're being played by teams selling them ground beef for sirloin steak prices.
I don't know what to think about the XFL.
The Blues' power play has been horrible this year. Only three teams in the 31-team NHL are worse on the power play than the Blues, and that's something that surely Mike Yeo must improve. They've only scored on 16 percent of their power plays. A year ago, they had the eighth best power-play percentage in the NHL at 21.3 percent. They were sixth in PP percentage two seasons ago in Ken Hitchcock's last full season.
I hear your frustration. My job on this chat is to try to explain why some of the decisions are made and to give you candid answers when you ask me what I would do. I've covered two decades of baseball in different markets, so I feel confident when I tell you it's not nearly as bad as Cardinals fans think. The way some fans are acting you would think I'm about to cover the 2013 Astros again or the 2014 Astros or the 1998 Devil Rays. I've seen teams not committed to win, and this 2018 Cardinals club is not one of them.
If you indeed live in Arkansas, I venture to bet that you'll make your usual pilgrimage to watch the Cardinals if you love the Cardinals. What else are you going to spend your discretionary sports income on this summer.
Trevor Rosenthal will attempt to regain his health this year and try to sign a contract next offseason.
Unless you know something that nobody else has uncovered, this is strictly a civil matter. I wouldn't worry about this issue. The alleged incident happened in 2014. I didn't meet Martinez until 2016, but I've been told that he has grown quite a bit over the last three years. The Cardinals wouldn't have made a long-term commitment to him last year if they didn't think he was trending in the right direction and had the potential to lead this rotation for years to come.
I would never tell any fans not to ask about any issues, but I agree that Moustakas isn't enough of an upgrade for fans to act as though he's Manny Machado. It is all speculation, but I would bet you my Jeff Bagwell bobblehead collection that Alex Reyes will be better than anybody the Brewers add this offseason.
The Cardinals care about winning. Their top priority is to have a healthy, competitive franchise with one eye on this year and another on the club's long-term health. You cannot handcuff your team's future just because you think a mediocre can help you this season. The Cardinals are good enough to contend for the division this year. Anybody who tells you otherwise is wrong.
Holy smokes. I can proudly and honestly tell you I have absolutely no interest or knowledge in Wrestlemania. Does it even still exist?
If Hosmer does have the alleged offers that have been reported in San Diego and Kansas City, there's no way he's coming to St. Louis.
Neither. Even the most cynical Cardinals fan must admit that the 2018 Cardinals, on paper, appear better than they were at the end of the 2017 season.
You are taking the Cardinals' comments out of context. John Mozeliak has said that he expects Gregerson to start the season as the closer. He didn't say he plans to demote him. He merely said that there's a chance that there are pitchers in the farm system who can assume that role. For instance, if Reyes is that person it would merely mean that Reyes might assume that role once he's healthy and ready to pitch in the majors. As I noted in a meeting last week, if Gregerson has 20 saves this year that means he pitched really well because I assume Reyes or Hicks or Helsley might bring the type of firepower out of the bullpen that the Cardinals may ultimately want in the ninth inning.
If I'm John Mozeliak, I definitely would jump at the chance if Lance Lynn or Jake Arrieta asked to sign with the Cardinals for a one-year deal or perhaps even a two-year deal.
I assume that we'll see agents start to place their clients with teams on short-term deals or cheaper long-term deals than they were expecting a month ago.
That's a very good question that many people in baseball are trying to figure out.