First, the Rockies did get five players for one--and I don't think anybody else was going to give them that. They had not much leverage, fearing Arenado was going to opt out after this season, leaving them with very little.
Not unless you want to see the demise of the curveball and slider.
Thank you, and I see a division titlist looming. As far as youngsters, Carlson will show a lot more this year and so will Alex Reyes.
Give me another couple of weeks on this one. They actually only started today.
The biggest difference in baseball is the absence of the international draft, which creates outsized bonuses for some Dominican and Venezuelan players and the like. The NBA and NHL, for instance, include out-of-country players in their draft. Ever since the draft came into being in all major pro sports, untried talent is going to get more than it should and tried talent is going to get less until the cycle spins around.
This is not for headlines. It is to find him a spot to play down the line although there will be a DH in the future, too. Yes, Gorman isn't considered an elite defender at third base.
The Cardinals likely are going to see once and for all what Justin Williams looks like before looking elsewhere. Florida is warm and rain clouds are in the area but basically nice. And, thank you.
Well-stated. The Rockies did not have a lot of options and Arenado, in fact, did have to waive his no-trade, to come here.
A little hard to say most of the players who are here are the ones who are going to play in St. Louis or Memphis at the start of the season. The lower levels of minor league players don't arrive in spring camp until the first 65 have left.
I envision some piggy-backing in the rotation at the start of the season but there are plenty of off days in April, too, meaning the Cardinals may not have to do it as much as some other clubs.
Savvy play but bush league. And somebody on his team, perhaps himself, is going to get hurt.
I don't know if it is the strike zone being different or how the umpires interpret it. And last year, there were many new umpires in the majors because veterans either opted out for health reasons or retired. You don't want robotic umpires, do you?
We're back at it for a while
Jamie Pogue has been the club's catching instructor for a while. Molina is the unofficial instructor for catchers.
Jake Woodford has been impressive every spring although I have not witnessed him yet personally. Always somebody who would be ready at Memphis if he didn't make the team.
Gorman is only 20 years old, for one thing. But he was a No. 1 draft pick so the club would like to see some progress this year.
To Stan the Fan, just talked to Tyler O'Neill and he said he was going to spend considerable time working on his hitting approach this spring, identifying pitches better, for one thing.
To WP, somebody has to win the worst division in the league before you proceed anywhere else. Some of this conjecture better is saved for later in the season or even October.