Miller can look at the Henrik Lundqvist contract from earlier this season (seven years, $59.5 million) and ask for that. I don't see the Blues going more than three or four years for somebody Miller's age.
The market changed in just a year with so many teams locking in players years removed from free agency. That was a seismic shift in the industry. Given Craig's injury history, he can't feel too bad about gaining security. Assuming Craig remains Craig, the team will pick up the $13 million option in 2018 and make his deal worth about $42 million. That is not terrible.
I would not be surprised to the P-D stage some fan events, roundtables and the such, going forward. That is a big trend in the industry today. Right now we don't have anything formal like that. Some of the guys have radio shows and go out on live remotes to sports bars.
Yeah, he needs new decorations. And that is complicated by the fact he might just be passing through. Three is no guarantee the Blues will keep him.
By all accounts he is a good teammate and a mentor to younger guys. If he wants to put the long coaching hours in, I'm guessing he will get his chance.
He is a very good baseball player. He has hit at every level where he got regular at bats. I'm guessing he'll be fine this spring once he gets a few hits.
Rams could pass on Robinson by moving down and taking a different OT. They would really have to believe Robinson is at a different level than Matthews to pass on a chance at an extra pick.
Sure, it could happen. Descalso is an excellent 3B, so we could see him on the hot corner and Carpenter at 2B in certain scenarios.
The goal is to win the Stanley Cup. That means at some point the Blues will have to beat one of those teams. They need to focus on playing their best possible hockey as opposed to trying to rig the playoff bracket to their liking.
Unless Taveras destroys the baseball game after game after game and makes an overwhelming case to get regular ABs RIGHT NOW, he will go to Memphis and continue his development. There are only two paths to MLB Opening Day for him. An outfielder gets seriously hurt or Taveras proves he is a better big league hitter than Matt Adams.
While the Rams say they would take him back, they really hope he signs with another team and gives the Rams additional cap relief. If nobody signs him and it becomes clear that Cortland will be out of work, then maybe the Rams would reach out to him. But it is in the team's best interest that he lands elsewhere.
There is nothing wrong with a coach bringing in a familiar player. If he knows a guy has the right personality and is a good schematic fit, sign him up. Nobody complained about Finnegan in Year 1 when he helped get the D rolling. As for Linehan, he was just a terrible head coach. Bringing in familiar players wasn't a bad thing, but his horrible coaching WAS a bad thing.
I don't believe Oscar ever got the impression he faced an easy road to the big leagues with his franchise. I don't believe he has been coddled. He is just a young guy dealing with his first serious injury in an environment that can be overwhelming. The Cardinals organization has been careful with him, which is appropriate. He is still maturing physically and emotionally.
I believe it was Pat Forde (Yahoo! Sports) who made a great point about March. Teams get fatigued this time of year. They train all summer into the fall, then practice for months between games and road trips and classwork. Not only do they get physically tired, they become emotionally fatigued as well. (See Syracuse and Kentucky). And SLU wins with relentless D. It's margin for error is not great. And it's hard to play that hard for months. Can they catch a second wind at the A-10 tourney? Tough to say. Billikens could go either way this spring.
Linehan landed a sweet gig with the Cowboys as their offensive play-caller. Spags is the secondary coach in Baltimore. Linehan was overwhelmed as a head coach. So was Spags, but his defensive personality made him more damaging. He ran off a lot of good people.
That depends on whether other teams fall in love with a particular QB, prompting offers to trade up. The plummeting Manziel stock is undermining that.
Scruggs hasn't for average in the minors, so I am guessing he couldn't do it as a part-time player at this level. Grichuk also has some holes, so he, too, needs to play regularly in the minors. I don't see a player in the organization suited for this role, so perhaps a trade is in order.
Who does he play ahead of? He hit .256 at the Double-A level last season. There is still work to do there.
I see Saffold leaving for stupid money elsewhere. As Jim Thomas notes, free agency is all about overspending. The Rams don't have the cap space to overspend. The Titans CB Verner is getting a lot of talk because of his ties to Fisher and Williams, but he could get crazy money for B or B-plus talent.
Assuming Motte and Garcia both start the season on the disabled list, that opens up two slots on an otherwise booked pitching staff. Among the position players, there are maybe one or two slots that feature some competition -- back-up infielder and fifth outfielder.