I hear you. It's important to note that Norris fell in the Cardinals' lap as another deal with a low risk/high reward potential. If the Cardinals thought they really needed that insurance, they would have gone after a guy who would command more than $3 million.
I haven't. Judging by his comments so far this year, he's clearly not interested in talking about his future beyond this year anymore this spring. He knocked out those questions in one day last week.
I would argue that Greg Garcia is fine as a utility man.
I subscribe with your theory. I think anybody who hits in front of Ozuna will benefit.
I genuinely think that Wainwright will be a pleasant surprise. If healthy, he'll be fine. He's not an ace anymore, but he's not done yet either.
I don't have any trade speculation today. Sorry. I'm sure Jeff Gordon would be more clued in on the trade market on Friday when he does his chat. I spent much of Tuesday's game picking his brain about hockey and the Blues. He, Tom Timmermann and Jim Thomas are the experts on that front.
If I were running the Cardinals and didn't have to worry about budgets, I'd trade for Archer and fortify my rotation a bit more. I wouldn't waste money on long-term deals for any of these free agents. I'd stick with this lineup. I'd see if anybody would buy high on Carson Kelly and then sign a cheap veteran backup for Molina until Andrew Knizner is ready to be a backup next year. I hate thinking of Kelly wasting away on the bench here when I can use him in a trade for another more pressing need.
It's early. Remember, everybody tends to be happy, in the best shape of their lives and optimistic before games start.
Matheny won't be fired this year.
If you think the Cardinals weren't aggressive this winter, I cannot help you. Google Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.
I don't think anybody says you should apologize for wanting the Cardinals to be champions. The Cardinals will compete with the Cubs, in my humble opinion.
Mizzou will make the NCAA Tournament, and I think they'll win a game or two.
Ha. Sir Alex Ferguson was one of my favorite one-on-one interviews of all-time. I was actually nervous when I interviewed him in Philadelphia in 2010.
There is no such thing as half tanking. Fans don't want to hear this, but you cannot just spend your way with bad contracts to sustain a healthy organization.
The check is in the mail.
I don't think coaching is the problem.
If they're not in a full tank, they're pretty close.
All I'll say is that if you look at my chats from last offseason and tweets I was pretty close to the Cardinals' final record. I'd put my prediction before last season against anybody's. I also missed only one playoff series prediction last October.