With Boras, it’s always business. He’s also Marcell Ozuna’s agent. There is no beef between Boras and the Cardinals — meaning more than there usually is between agents and front offices. If anything, the Holland debacle reinforced the Cardinals uneasiness about forking over money for free agent relievers. They strayed from their traition there, and got smacked for it.
More logical when it’s not your money. Worst case scenario, Cardinals want to salvage what they can. Or better yet, get the player they thought they signed. What is true with Fowler is true with Cecil. Jusut different degrees. Some fans wanted Matt Carpenter DFA. Some were ready to bench Paul DeJong last week. Again, I don’t get the Cecil return if it happens. I’ve seen enough there. Also not going to ignore that it’s easy for me to say, and everyone should see why the Dexter issue is much bigger. Just look at the contract.
Fight might be too strong of a word. Dust-up? That was the chatter. All was not always well in the chemistry department when MPJ was with his teammates. That was clear when the season shifted to STL for the SEC tournament, and the players were behind a microphone they didn’t realize had been turned on as they discussed how they were counting down questions until they were asked about MPJ.
Great question. I don’t have a hard number in mind, and it would be impossible to come up with one simply by the numbers, right? I think you want your manager to manage in a way that, when the season is over, you can point to more games you felt he won than games you felt he managed you out of, or got out-managed in. Beyond that, it’s the message conveyed to the team, and the response to that message.
Correct. Tyler O’Neill activated. Adolis Garcia to Memphis. Going to be interesting to see how PT is divided moving forward. Bader is the best center fielder. J Martinez has been serviceable in RF, where O’Neill is best fit defensively. Once again, it’s the same debate about J Martinez. Can you afford to remove him from the lineup? But why is O’Neill here if he doesn’t get a chance when healthy? Matchups can help sort through it, but it’s tough. Still think the team wants to see what O’Neill can do.
It’s his team, right? Why would the assumption be that he is not involved in the discussions on when it is time to declare lost cause and cut ties, eating the money it takes to do so? Under DeWitt, the Cardinals have not been quick to cut ties very often. They have been rewarded for that at times and there have been cases when they have held on too long, too. Cecil feels like holding on too long at this point. Fowler is a different level of cutting ties.
RHP Shane Baz is the third player in the trade, per reports out today. He was a first-round pick last year. Lots of prospect-heads love him. So, the Pirates traded Glasnow, Meadows and Baz for Archer. I'll pass.
It depends on the free agent, right? Not every player wants the same things from a manager. Players are people. People like different things in bosses. A manager who is well-known for having a good relationship with players helps. One who is well-known for the opposite? Probably doesn't help. Matheny was mentioned in a recent Athletic survey of players on the managers they would least want to play for. Shildt, on the other hand, would likely draw a "Who?" from most players. Is that a bad thing? I don't know. Maybe until he meets them. Ultimately, I don't think the manager is the reason a guy comes or doesn't. Guys want $. They want to win. They care about cities and lifestyle and all of that stuff. A manager is just a part of it, not The part of it.
Yes, the initial stated plan was to swap O'Neill and Bader in CF while continuing the pledge to play Dexter Fowler. That changed when Fowler was hurt. Then O'Neill's groin issue happened. Now O'Neill is back, and Fowler is still out, which likely means less playing time for Jose Martinez -- unless the tune is shifting again and Martinez has convinced the team he's less of a defensive liability in RF than at first base, and that he gives the Cardinals a better chance to win there than O'Neill, who played well before the groin setback.
Like a lot of you, I figured the season was pretty much toast. New life now exists. Ceiling? Clinching a wild-card after the changes would be pretty impressive, all things considered .Cardinals would become only the 5th team since introduction of 2nd wild-card to grab one after hitting the 100-game mark at 50-50, or worse.
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Big Dex fan, huh? I think you are giving him too much credit, as if his struggles torpedoed his teammates. I never got that sense. But yeah, you are probably better with someone who is not a negative defender and one of the worst statistical hitters regularly starting every game. The commitment to playing Fowler was not about saying what he was doing was good. It was about trying to get him back to what he had been. And he had shown some small signs of improvement. Enough to justify the extended commitment? Hard to argue that. The injury ended the likelihood of rather awkward crossroads.
Felt for you and your people last night. That was a brutal way to lose a game, and the second in as many nights. Everything from the broadcast to the manager's post-game comments was borderline painful. Like the broadcasters saw it coming, and Martinez saw no way around it.