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If Trejyn Fletcher had shown a little more than he did for a second round selection, the Cardinals’ draft would probably be given a ‘B’ or better. Drafting a player based almost entirely on athleticism is definitely very high risk. I’d love to know who sold the front office on this kid. I’m not complaining. Taking a shot at the big prize is okay once in awhile. Just saying that a less risky pick with better first year stats could have easily elevated this whole draft a notch or two in the eyes of the evaluators.
If the Red Sox made a deal, and are now reneging on that deal for a fabricated reason, then the Twins and every other respectable club should stay away from the Red Sox.
I have a feeling that the people doing these rankings are doing little more than crunching the same numbers that Luhnow and others who are analytics driven crunch. So these rankings are almost entirely based upon analytics with very little input from scouts and coaches and other observers. With that, anybody who understands analytics and how to work with them could pretty much match these rankings while working at their kitchen table.
I already received an email from the USPS saying my copy has shipped.
How about if we imagine the Cards had Flaherty and Reyes in the rotation now?
I think Ricardo Sanchez’ primary role is to help our AAA batters get used to looking at pitches coming from a lefthanded pitcher. Makes sense.
The Dodgers had a chance to sign Rendon, and they had a chance to sign Cole this offseason. But they refused to do it. The Dodgers don’t deserve to win the World Series. The Dodgers are cheap. Cheap, cheap, cheap.
No Lane Thomas. Are these guys serious, or are they just trying to give people something to complain about? If all they’re doing is giving people something to complain about, then they are being dishonest for publishing fake news.
I stopped watching football and never realized. I started watching it again while I was down after a knee replacement. I started enjoying it again. I think it’s because they have taken the violence out of the game. The play is still intense but the players are no longer trying to hurt the opposing players. It’s not a game when a player is actually trying to disable an opposing player, rather it’s an expression of violence. Also, if the political stuff is still there, it’s not showing up on my time as much as it used to.
His history makes me want to think of him as a position player version of Rob Kaminsky.
I know you keep on pounding the mantra ‘No additional payroll’. But early on didn’t WDW say he might take on some additional payroll for the right deal on an impact player? I can’t find the source, but I thought he said that.
I think it’s entirely possible that a team other than the Car’s could swoop in and offer the Rockies the kind of overpay they are looking for. But if that doesn’t happen, serious talks could get started again between Colorado and St. Louis. It could be that the deciding factor is how Carpenter is performing this spring. If he’s swinging the bat like an MVP candidate, he could headline a package that the Rockies might be interested in. Or, Carp could be dealt to another team which would probably create enough payroll space for the Cardinals to be willing to take on Arenado’s $260M contract. Then again, if Carp is swinging the bat like an MVP candidate, do the Cardinals even want to trade him? Maybe not, especially when you look at the Cardinals’ up and coming candidates for third base, and when you take into consideration the risk involved with taking on a long term contract. Regardless of any of the possibilities, it looks like whatever happens will depend upon what Carpenter does this spring. If he’s hitting .210 and rolling the ball out to the shortstop every other AB, no trade is going to happen.
There’s another conversation with another bottom line. We have eight hungry, young, highly talented outfielders looking at two, maybe three openings depending on how Bader’s spot is viewed, on the Cardinals’ 26 man roster.
So now that he knows that he wasn’t treated unfairly by the Cubs, does Bryant have to stop feeling misunderstood and unappreciated?
Boras is at the bottom of all of this. Nice to see him lose one. Too bad about all the damage he did to the Cubs because he didn’t get his way to begin with.
To me this article sounds like an attempt at damage control.
According to this writer if the Rockies were to trade Arenado, they would want an established major league player and prospects. Also, he thinks the Rockies would want to pick up an established veteran, possibly a third baseman, if they trade Arenado.
Last season the Rockies’ pitching was their biggest problem, and they have done nothing to improve it.
The relationship between Bridich and Arenado is not good. But Monfort and Arenado still genuinely like each other although their relationship is being tested.
In my opinion the Rockies aren’t going anywhere unless they improve their pitching, and they can’t improve their pitching unless they clear some payroll space.
I don’t think the Rockies ever intended to pay Arenado $35M even for one year. Also, Arenado talks like he feels double-crossed by the Rockies. It’s hard to think of anything more toxic to an organization and its fan base than having a star player around who doesn’t trust the organization that he’s a part of.
It was well done. But any true Cardinals fan could have watched another two hours of it, if it was extended that long.
I still think that Carpenter will return to his previous offensive dominance. Why shouldn’t he if he’s committed to himself, which he is? So there’s my bias, I suppose. With that assumption the need to acquire a player like Arenado softens. Still, its obvious that Arenado would be a significant upgrade for St. Louis.
It looks like the Rockies need pitching, outfield help, and an MLB ready catcher. The Cardinals have all of that to offer. I hate, really hate, trading Huddy. I think he’s a top of rotation guy. All those wins he had last season were not a fluke. But we appear to have enough pitching to be able to let Hudson go without hurting our overall starting pitching too much. Carpenter would have to be included, assuming that the Rockies have no interest in Fowler. The Cardinals are not going to take on an additional $35M in payroll, and even an additional $17M would be CBT for them. With Yadi still being able to perform at a high level, Knizner could be traded, and probably should be. Finally, St. Louis could add O’Neill, or a pitcher like Helsley to the offer. The offer then would be Carpenter, Hudson, Knizner, and O’Neill/Helsley for Arenado. I think the Rockies would win more games with this trade than without it, and so would the Cardinals.
This offer, or something very close to it, has already been proposed in this thread. It’s hard to figure why it doesn’t happen. Fear of failure, greed, lack of confidence? Something like that, I guess.
The Reds will pay Votto $25M each year for his age 37, 38, and 39 year old seasons. Then they have to give him another $7M at age 40 in order to lower their payroll. Yikes! Moustakas at 2B. Castellanos in the OF. An aging Votto at 1B. What’s next, I wonder? Lindor?
The last report I saw was that there were nine people killed. I think they were all in the helicopter, not on the ground. So sad. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.
I look over TCN Top 50 and I see a whole lot of players who will play at the major league level. I could see some of them becoming impact players.
Hope and ‘pixie dust’ are essentially the same thing.
I think the Rockies had no intention of keeping Arenado from the very beginning. They signed him with the intention of trading him and getting much more than the supplemental draft pick. In short, Arenado is being used. That is not only disrespectful, but degrading. No wonder he’s mad.
As I understand it the original operating engineer who was responsible for operating that crane refused to do the work of lifting that structure saying it was too windy and the crane couldn’t withstand the force added by the wind. The wind continued and the work was getting behind schedule, so the contractor searched for, and found, an operating engineer on the West Coast who was willing to take a chance and operate the crane with the wind blowing. Tragic.
I think your grouping makes sense. If Huddy can figure out how to settle down before he gets started rather than in the second inning, he could join the steady Eddies.