Checking back in. Joe was rather subdued today. No shots at the Cardinals .No catchy new mantras. Just a really bad hair dye job. Let's tackle a few more questions before I have to sign off for the day.
The sense with Lynn was that if he was going to remain a Cardinal, an extension would have been ironed out before free agency. Never happened. This is Lynn's first shot at free agency. He wants to get paid. The Cardinals don't want to pay him what he will likely earn. Lynn is unique. A little rough around the edges. But I think the Cardinals will miss his grit.
Other than two bounce-back free agent pitching signings, correct.
I disagree. But that's OK.
Ken, help me out. The dolphins on top of the dolphin hotel look like .. fish? But the swans on top of the swan hotel are swans. What gives? I'd rank bat and closer ahead of starting, but that's just me. If you can't get the bad you want ... that situation could nudge Cardinals toward exploring more starting. Mo hinted at that potential yesterday. I still think a bat is in the plans though.
Reports out of Tampa says the Rays are ready to part with players. This combo would hurt in prospects. But yes, the Cardinals could afford to swing it I think.
I dragged him in for some lighthearted fun. He is a dear friend. Thanks for playing along.
The question was if there is any chance the Cardinals stand pat from this point on. I said, yes, there is always that possibility. No, I don't think that will happen. And yes, I imagine the reaction to standing pat would be pretty strong, considering the fan base spent all offseason hearing from the front office that an impact bat and closer were high on the list of priorities. Those needs have not appeared gone away. So if the Cardinals go into the season without them, and attempting to fill from within, I think the fan base will be skeptical. For good reason.
Again, the Cardinals knew what they were getting in to with Stanton. But, yes, the way the Marlins handled that whole deal might give the Cardinals a pause when it comes to what is next. But make no mistake: Ozuna or Yelich are still possibilities for the Cards.
Doubtful. Mo just got a promotion and raise when he was bumped up to president of baseball ops.
The Cardinals are really excited about him. So were a half dozen or so other teams that wanted him. That group included the Cubs. It's hard for me to predict how a guy who excelled in Japan will pitch here. But the reports and numbers the Cardinals ran are optimistic and he has a previous relationship with new pitching coach Maddux. I'm cautiously optimistic.