He wants improvement from the outfield, that's what he recently said. During the Arenado deal, he doubled-down on getting more from the young outfielders, and when I spoke to him this past week, he said specifically that Thomas and Williams have to get a shot, so they needed to clear playing time for them.
He has more service time -- about five years, and thus would not be a moving player like that, like I mentioned earlier. There is plenty to like about the fit, though. Yes. Absolutely. For all the reasons you outlined. Switch-hitter. Experience all over the diamond. Definitely looking for an opportunity for the most playing time at this point, and that could be whatever team doesn't get Gonzalez. Keep his name in mind.
He could win the NL Rookie of the Year. That would be quite good.
Yes. He likely would have.
Correct. Both. Looking for multiple years after going year to year coming out of his injury. Looking for the right fit, and possibly looking to close if those short-term deals are what he's getting offered. The Cardinals were looking at starters, according to reports, and that would set those pitchers apart from Rosenthal. Cardinals privately think their bullpen could be the best in the NL.
This is on their mind, yes. They've brought it up as something they'd like to add to the mix, possibly on a minor-league contract or on the eve of spring training as they did with Brad Miller a year ago.
Would make for an interesting addition for sure. I could see the argument for such a move and the potential upside. Have to factor in the risk/downside. And also what that would mean around him. Hard to imagine he'd be thrilled with a relief role -- so the contract would have to be starter or elsewhere, right? I think there's a case to be made for it to make sense for the Cardinals.
That is the team's plan/expectation, yes. Spring training is set to start next week. Molina has traveled back from the Caribbean Series. They expect to finalize something with him, and he has suggested the same thing. All things are moving along as reported this past week.
Keith Hernandez is overdue for a jacket.
Your perception needs an update. He has improved at third base, made strides there that had some outside evaluators thinking he could handle the speed of the game at that position at higher levels, and that he wouldn't have to move from third base as he got to Class AA or Class AAA. Cardinals have also been encouraged by his improvement at third and what he has done to improve there. Hard to know how that looks at 2B at the moment. Not hard to see how he could transition into being fine and gaining comfort as he gains experience in LF. The defensive spectrum favors him in that move.
They did trade Dexter Fowler soon after. They have been encouraged by their talks with Molina an expect to get that done. They have been talking to at least one starting pitcher in the week since. They do want to add a middle infielder for depth. So there's a lot going on there, and all of it wrapped up into that one statement.
Probably all of that. I'm eager to hear more details on this subject -- because what we've been given as an answer so far is tied to playing time. They want to audit what they missed so they don't miss again on that, and they have traced part of the Arozarena Decision back to a lack of playing time to see what they had. Now they don't want to do that with Thomas, with Williams, and you can see that element too with O'Neill. One of the things that is clear is that the Cardinals can see O'Neill going elsewhere and thundering away with power like, say, Voit did, and they don't want to see that happen again. How to address that? Well, playing time. They also must consider instruction. This is under evaluation, too. And it's there where I'm eager to hear more fo the answers they've come up with -- yes, new eyes; yes, analytics; yes, to both of those things being potential answers. Eager to hear which one the Cardinals are going with.
I wouldn't put Reyes' chances of being the fifth starter behind only Carlos Martinez's, and what gives Martinez is the edge is we've seen the Cardinals choose him even when it wasn't a tie. It wasn't just that he pitched as well as the contenders, it's that the contenders didn't pitch that much better than him in their eyes, so he got the fifth spot. I'm thinking back to this past summer when the team made that curious choice to make Kim the closer and Martinez the starter when Kim had pitched so well, had committed himself to maintaining his arm strength, had done everything possible to be a starter and performed like one only to get placed in a job he hadn't had before. So, we've seen Martinez vault the competition before. The Cardinals continue to mention Reyes in the same statement as other starter candidates, and that's noteworthy.
Lefthanded bat. Good athlete. Strong arm. Has one of the better arms in the system. Had a tentative spring training this past year -- in the field, at the plate. Not sure if that was discomfort, or something else. He just had a lot of hesitance in his game, like he wasn't let at full speed with his performance. That was difference come summer camp. He was more aggressive. He had what was described as a "loud" camp because he stood out -- in the field, at the plate -- and that carried to the alternate-site camp. Did well to assert himself. Not sure about comps, honestly. He's a lefthanded option that should hit for decent power, and has the speed to generate damage double by double by double.
Cleveland has expressed no interest in trading Ramirez, according to reports.
Won't be an issue at all. Performance and health will take care of it. Always does. If they're ready to contribute, they'll be better than someone and leapfrog them, or the Cardinals will have an injury they'll have to cover.
Carpenter, Thomas/Williams/Dean, Sosa, Knizner, and then a competition, possibly with Rondon as a name to know.
That is not my intent. There are more than 400 questions in here and I'm trying to get to as many as I can. I see about two or three at time, and some are more than 100 words long.
It's 26, with the possibility of change, depending on talks during spring trainng.