I wouldn't think EE would touch a one-year deal -- at the moment. But that could change, right? The Cardinals are in a spot where they feel sound. They can sit back and wait for a guy like EE, or Trumbo, to start feeling anxious and willing to accept a shorter deal. I'm not saying it's going to happen. But it makes sense for a team like the Cardinals to track it, considering they lost some serious power after the departures of Moss and Holliday.
That would make sense -- if a complementary piece comes at the right price. Or, more specifically, the right contract length.
I'd think finding a backup catcher is a bigger priority. My hope of Carson Kelly backing up Yadier Molina hasn't had much traction.
I like Turner. The Cardinals don't seem to be nearly as high on him as many of the fans. According to reports from many writers today, it sounds like he's close to going back to the Dodgers. Most predicted he would wind up back there all along.
Based on Mo's comments about the need to commit to Kolten at 2B, I wouldn't expect him to play much outfield unless it's an absolute emergency. That said, Matheny's comments have always seemed to differ a bit from Mo's when it comes to this topic. It's going to be one of the more fascinating aspects of this spring training, I think.
There is a chance, yes. The longer EE or Trumbo goes without signing, I would think that chance increases. Cardinals aren't going to beat their door down.
See below. Lots of EE talk in here today. What is Fowler? Old news?!
Nice reference to our radio show, The Writers' Block. We talk about sports on there sometimes. But mostly focus on our power rankings for favorite Christmas songs.
Peralta has a limited no trade clause, so that could be tricky. He could come off the bench if Carpenter went to third. You're absolutely right that the Cardinals have prioritized Carp at first base. They made that decision so he would have plenty of time to prepare. That said, plans can change. The question: Would EE's potential offense (he hits bombs!) and average at best defense at first, combined with Carpenter's not great defense at third, be worth the benefit EE's bat could bring? It's a big debate, with good points made on both sides. This would be a shift from the defense-first mentality that seemed to be the goal at the start of the offseason, but remember the Cardinals should be better on defense up the middle. Fowler in center with Grichuk and Piscotty flanking him. Wong every day on second. Improved Aledmys Diaz at SS.
Peralta. But I'd start Gyorko.
Trout? That's not happening. Trumbo is still out there. He's more of a risk than Encarnacion.
A significant trade would be a surprise. Seems like this is the offseason of free agency. Mo has said he's in the market for complementary parts.
That seems harsh. He's a large man. A powerful man. 6-foot-3. He's also hardly a man. 22 years old. I'd think he and the Cardinals will make sure he's physically prepared to meet his potential.
With Jaime Garcia gone, he's one of the most obvious trade chips, sure. But the Cardinals aren't going to give him away when they could use some pop. Wait and see territory here.
OK, let's dive into this. It's worth exploring. Obviously, Fowler would not have agreed to play for a manager he wanted nothing to do with. But it would be silly to not acknowledge the fact that Fowler is about to experience a 180 degree shift in managerial styles. Joe Maddon and Mike Matheny are just different dudes. If I was Fowler, and I heard things about the Cardinals clubhouse/culture/manager from former Cardinals like Heyward and Lackey, I might have some questions. Apparently those questions were answered. And yes, money talks. I will say this: I found it interesting Matheny did not attend the dinner with Flores and Mo and Fowler after Fowler got into town. That looked a little odd, when you are looking at the optics of the situation. But we will see how it plays out. The Cardinals could use a breath of fresh air in the clubhouse. Mo has acknowledged this in a pretty blunt fashion. Fowler can be that guy.
I'll answer your question with a question: When has Matheny ever looked thrilled at a press conference? I wouldn't read into that.
Mizzou hoops creeping into the Cardinals chat! The Tigers have big issues. VanLeer isn't one of them. Just not a lot of talent on that team. And the most talented guys are young and prone to freshman ups-and-downs.
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Would Jansen make the Cardinals better? Heck yeah. Have the Cardinals given any signs of appearing interested in him? Nope. And there are reports today that Jansen and Dodgers have agreed to five year 80 million dollar deal.