If your theory is correct, the Cardinals wouldn't ever admit it. But I wondered the same thing. It's tough to tell a guy that he's moving from his regular spot and also no longer seen as a leadoff hitter.
Granted, all those players make up a much better free agent class than this offseason's free agent class, but I'll wait to see how the market develops before we assume that Harper will get the figure you mention. With all that said, I can promise you that a few front office officials I trust assure me that the Cardinals aren't likely to make a run at Harper next offseason. I do expect them to at least check in with Machado's agent. I cannot envision the Dodgers letting Kershaw go.
I think the Cardinals will be much better than some of their angry fans expect.
The Cardinals have enough starting depth to hold them over until May, when Alex Reyes is expected to be ready. It's not a matter of not wanting Arrieta or Lynn as much as not seeing them as worthy risks as long-term contracts.
I would be utterly shocked if Hicks, Helsley or Hudson break camp with the Cardinals. If any one of those three does, it would be because they were beyond brilliant or there were way too many injuries.
Fans have short memories. Somehow some fans want to act as though Bill DeWitt Jr. is Stan Kroenke. Considering what the Rams and Kroenke did to St. Louis, you would think fans would be grateful for DeWitt's stewardship. I also wouldn't let the angry fans make you think that most Cardinals are this way. It's important to remember that folks who are frustrated are more likely to be vocal, especially on social media.
I think Flaherty will be fine. Fans should remember that he barely turned 22 last October. He was 21 last season in the majors after sprinting through Springfield and Memphis in one season.
I have no interest in covering a team outside of the U.S. If you're asking which foreign teams I like, I'd say Juventus, Barcelona, Manchester United, and Chivas.
I would assume they will make a trade, but I don't expect them to go after a top name who could bolt via free agency after the season.
I have not followed that FBI investigation.
Jordan Goodwin was suspended from SLU after a lengthy Title IX investigation. He released a statement taking responsibility. Do you really think it's not newsworthy when a star freshman basketball player at SLU is suspended after a Title IX investigation that was opened after SLU basketball players were accused of sexual assault? I will not comment on another journalist's work, especially one I respect. I can only speak for my work. I thought a column needed to be written on Goodwin and SLU that day. I showed up and asked Travis Ford important questions because he's the one who recruited three of the players who received suspensions from the school after the Title IX investigation and appeals process was exhausted.
I'm not saying they're going to sign any of those top free agents next year, but if they were to sign one I would bet on Machado or Donaldson.
I assume Piscotty is the most likely to be a sure starter all year.
I don't buy used cars. I actually bought my wife a new Honda Pilot on Tuesday. Those coaches weren't among the salesmen and likely won't ever need to sell cars.
I assume that Wainwright will be allowed to remain in the rotation if he's competitive. If he can get through five decent innings, they'll keep running him out there. He'll tell you he has much greater expectations for himself, and he should.
This is a very good question. I've not heard fans complain about time of play.
Thanks. I'm trying to get to as many of the real questions as possible. I must say that this chat is actually pretty clean in terms of legit questions.
That is a long statement. It's important to realize that the Cardinals aren't the only team in baseball that realizes the contracts these players sought made little long-term sense. Keep in mind that J.D. Martinez received about $100 million less than he initially sought. The Padres made a ridiculous deal with Eric Hosmer.
SLU is still trying to climb back to elite status in men's soccer. They have the pedigree, but I don't think they're viewed as one of the elite programs anymore. That doesn't mean they can't be an elite program again.