This chat would be one. Mikolas contract is insured. The Cardinals are aggressive with insurance, and almost all of their multi-year deals will have some insurance on it. But but but but but -- please, please let me caution you that insurance is not some lottery ticket. It's not some windfall of riches. It works like your insurance does. If has a deductible. It has a threshold it must meet (often games missed). And it reimburses a percentage of the salary after that. There was one time a team I covered had a big insurance policy on a star player, and when I did the math the insurance gave them a rebate of about 25ish% of the salary owed. That wasn't enough to suddenly go shopping for a comparable replacement. But it was more than zero. It probably helped cover the cost of insurance policies that never had to be used by the team.
I think he's the finest third baseman I've seen play since Scott Rolen, and I think that Nolan Arenado plays third base like the most gifted shortstops in the game play their position. It is possible that Arenado will affirm his place as one of the top three defensive third baseman of all time and that 10-15 years from now we'll see his influence on the position because every team will have a third baseman who does something they learned was possible by watching Nolan Arenado.
The Cardinals are still hopeful to make this trip. Unsure if it will be Cubs. But the Cardinals are still open to giving up home games to make this happen at last check, and they would like to be involved in international play if it remains possible. In the way at the moment is the expiration of the CBA.
A fact is a fact. We're not debating the definition of a fact. It's granite.
The culture has changed. Antiheros are a thing. Superman isn't flawed, and when they make him flawed, he isn't Superman.
Johan Oviedo. But what do I know.
(Speaking of Oviedo. He's on the trip this week -- part of the taxi squad.)
Also of note if you're interested -- Flaherty will be appearing on a Zoom call momentarily to discuss his start Tuesday opposite his pal Giolito. I'll be in the chat here and listening to that at the same time.
This is an important year for the Cardinals' shortstop for the reasons you outline.
Not prepared at this time to declare a victor. Arenado plays the position with a flare and aggressiveness that, to me, looks like someone who took what he saw from the great shortstops and applied it to third. Rolen has that incredibly accurate arm, great barehand play rushing in, and a classic Schmidt, Robinson, Ventura excellence at the position, but better.
Oviedo. I believe Sanchez. Elledge is also a candidate, though I haven't confirmed his presence on the taxi squad. They do travel with the team, yes.
Underrated overall player. Superb defensive player. And he had the guts to charge Ryan. Watch the tape.
Not really. If he did he'd point out how few games they've had the imagined team together. And it may never be all together at this point. But he'll use time on his side. Same as ever.
Income helps, yes. Teams will spend more if they make more.
Watch the tape. Ryan doesn't have the best fielding percentage when it comes to landing those all-for-show blows, and when Ventura emerges from the headlock, nary a hair is out of place. And he gets two points for a takedown.
You nailed it. They want Helsley and Whitley to be those pitchers.
They will be at full capacity on Flag Day, and they expect to have sellouts in June.
Thompson, yes. That would be part of the conversation.
I like this idea probably more than I should come to think of it. You've given me something to really think about here -- a hybrid solution. I appreciate the creativity. I'm intrigued.
Again, to me, it depends if three of those six losses happen at Dodger Stadium. That might put a real dent in the notion the Cardinals are ready to contend with the best, even when the very very very best team ever ever ever assembled ever isn't at full amazing incredible awe-inspiring near-perfect goliath aren't-we-lucky-to-be-alive-and-share-the-same-oxygen-as-them strength.