I do not see it that way. The Brewers seem a little offensively challenged to me although I like their defense a lot better than I did before they got Wong and Bradley.
This might come into play at the trading deadline if bigger crowds and revenue enable them to acquire a high-priced player, if only a rental.
He is unsigned--and he has options remaining. He is a lefthanded reliever, though, and that seems to be a commodity.
I have not heard Williams mentioned as contending for a starting job although he still is here. More likely, he would be a bench player, if he remains here.
I'm with you on this one. I presume you mean retire No. 23 for Ted Simmons. No one is wearing it now, so I'm guessing it might happen this summer when the club can honor him at the ball park for his 2019 selection to the Hall of Fame.
Two reasons why not. He still has a 10-year personal services contract with the Angels and he would be 42.
You're welcome. I still think there are enough long memories out there that when the Astros go on the road before larger crowds, the veteran players are going to hear something.
Sometimes, it's hard to tell with the Pirates. But, yes, I would call it tanking. The Cubs still have their Big Four of Rizzo, Baez, Bryant, Contreras. So no tanking yet.
He is very inexperienced still and had no real minor-league season last year. First, you need stuff, which he has. Then you figure out how to get it over the plate. That should come.
If Gorman hits the way the Cardinals envision him doing, they'll find a position for him. There will be a DH by then, too. And, thank you.
Edman, Carlson, Goldschmidt, Arenado, DeJong, Molina, O'Neill, Bader, pitcher.
Hicks will be a late-inning piece in the bullpen and sometime this season, I would think he would be a closer if his arm holds up.
Genesis Cabrera will get a chance to be a starter but that may not happen this season.
I don't think you can keep Carpenter as a courtesy but I do see some value in him as a bench player who has power and who can play three positions, besides DH. He is going to have to hit something, though.
The generally unspoken benchmark for Reyes is 150 or so innings, given that he hasn't pitched for four years. The front office fears that starting him now will use up those innings before the stretch drive.
Delvin Perez may be the fastest, with Tyler O'Neill second, according to our research team.
I wonder about the strength of the proposed starting five without Reyes in it. You're not being terribly harsh.
The next "up-and-comers" are former No. 1 draft picks Zack Thompson and Matthew Liberatore. Thompson is closer, perhaps later this year. The others already are here in Reyes, Woodford and even Cabrera. All could get a shot if the bottom part of the rotation springs a leak.
Sosa is out of options and is a better defender than Rondon.