My apologies. I was lost in the multiple postings of your "REYES IS BACK" line, which indeed he nearly is.
Chatter Rob asked for the name of #61. That's Steven Baron, catcher.
No. Not if Holland wants to make money throwing baseballs again in the future. He wasn't thrilled with the way his offseason played out, but the Cardinals gave him $14 million and a stage to shine entering another crack at free agency. What he has done since then is soil the stage.
I think they are more worried about finding a way to win a world series this year. Not sure they worry too much about down the line. They're in their window.
Hey, you never know when history might happen. In baseball. Or the chat.
Because Baron is not going to play much. He's started once. Knizner, who was bumped up to Class AAA, needs to play for development reasons. No reason in having him here sitting behind Francisco Pena.
Also fair to point out Dexter Fowler is one of the first to congratulate Harrison Bader and Tyler O'Neill after they do something to help the team. We would notice it if he did not, so let's notice in when he does.
That would be surprising, considering the Cardinals have gone out of their way to discuss their disinterest in surrendering the prospects it would take to get a player of that caliber in a rental format when there is no guarantee a long-term extension would be included. And considering Machado likely wants a crack at free agency, because, who wouldn't? And considering the loss of Paul DeJong put the Cardinals in a spot where the Orioles would believe they had leverage, and could therefore ask for more. Machado is the obvious answer. Doesn't mean it will happen. Especially if DeJong has a speedy recovery.
I tend to agree, and while I have no insight into Machado's thinking, I just have a hard time seeing him signing an extension with any team before that first crack at what will be a free agency tour de force.
Machado. Cardinals have outfielders, as we have witnessed. A cornerstone corner infielder, not so much.
No. Not without an extension.
He's never exactly been a ripped, jacked, physical specimen. Check out some of his photos from his days with the Royals. It's his slider. When that pitch doesn't work, nothing works. His slider mimics his fastball. They look like the same pitch, then change. It's devastating when it's on. It's easy hitting when it's not. When it's not, the slider sits. Nothing gets hit like a sitting slider. And with the normal decline in his fastball over the years, that's not a weapon if it doesn't play off a sharp slider. His mechanics, like his build, have always been a bit unconventional. But something mechanically is off, it appears. Could that be related to his shape due to the lack of spring training? Sure. But it's a little late to be clinging to the spring-training excuse.
Sure. When his offense doesn't justify the defensive risk. It's not a secret.
He hasn't won a Gold Glove. I said Gold-Glove-caliber. He currently ranks second in the majors in defensive runs saved at second base. We're not talking fielding percentage. We're talking the stats that teams use to measure players' defense. If you are going to criticize Wong, criticize his offense. Fair game there. Picking at his defense is a bad play.
Mozeliak suggested Munoz. Matheny suggested Gyorko. Gonna be interesting to see how it plays out. Personally, I lean toward the manager on this one.