I am. There is someone on Twitter who goes by that name who is not a fan of mine, I think. Or maybe they don't like the Cardinals and confuse me with them. Not sure. Lots of anger on Twitter.
It shouldn't be, no. But contracts matter.
I don't own a cardigan. Nor do I have a coffee ritual. I just get a cup, a cap, a sleeve and I drink.
The Cardinals will listen and explore trade talks with other teams involving any and all of the outfielders they have. That much is clear.
I wonder if the view of Carpenter is going to begin to change today as it becomes clearer what he was playing through. Since spring training, he had an oblique injury that he was either playing through -- or playing to avoid. That hasn't faded. Now, is the shoulder issue related? Entirely possible. But it's something that he was playing with for awhile, though when he asked he would avoid talking about it. Playing first allowed him to hide the pain on throws -- but it certainly explains some of the slumps he's had at the plate and the times when there hasn't been a charge in the ball of his bat. Knowing that, and still seeing the OBP might offer a different angle on his season, no? He is doing what he is good at doing -- getting on base.
I don't think the market saw it that way. Some teams scouted Siegrist and were alarmed by the drop in velocity. That was hard to miss, and when the Cardinals tried to deal him that was a hangup.
A 3-4-5 hitter! Yes, let's look that up.
As many of the chatters will know, this is the coveted hitter, right? He's a 3-4-5 hitter, a middle-order hitter with a high average, a high OBP, a high slugging, and thus the kind of OPS that makes one an All-Star if not more. I mean, by definition it's a .900 OPS. Here is the list of recent Cardinals 3-4-5 hitters, and let's set the minimum at 400 PA, or else we're going to get Marco Gonzales:
Lance Berkman, 2011
Albert Pujols, 2005-2010
Scott Rolen, 2004
Jim Edmonds, 2004
Albert Pujols, 2003-2004
Jim Edmonds, 2002
Albert Pujols, 2001
J.D. Drew, 2001
Keith Hernandez, 1979
This was a great exercise. Thanks, Bruiser.
Don't be so quick to dismiss the acquisition of an outfielder. That's an area where the Cardinals will look to make an upgrade. That is where three Marlins of interest all play.
Justin Upton-like. Well north of contracts Holliday, Werth signed at same age.
Right, I'm talking about a 3-4-5 hitter for production, not spot in the lineup. And, yes, for me, the No. 2 spot is a middle order hitter -- best hitter can go there.
One would even say he's a Hall of Famer.
I've been to a Dutch Bros.
I have studiously avoided the heart attack in a cup.
Bullish on Yelich as a rising star. Have not hid that. Ask my 11-year-old. He got tired of me telling him to watch his at-bats during the World Baseball Classic, and each morning he dutifully lets me know how many home runs Stanton has and how many more that is then Yelich. It's like living with Twitter.
Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna. Order to be determined as new information is gathered from new owners.
Yes. Because they have a lot of them.
OK. I like that it was walking distance from the hotel. I will always side with walking distance.
I'm not sure what you want here. I cannot tell the future. By definition, the answers about the offseason are going to be "vague" or general because the offseason hasn't started yet, injuries happen, teams shopping today are selling tomorrow. There are so many variables -- and those are just the ones that we're able to mine. There might be personality conflicts or hidden injuries or masked opinions that we'll never know, and in some cases the Cardinals won't even know when they're talking with teams. That's just how it goes.
The Cardinals will go shopping for an upgrade bat at a position -- most likely outfielder. They will camp outside the Marlins office and see what it takes to get an outfielder there, and whether some way somehow the unpalatable contract that comes with Giancarlo Stanton can be worked around. They will look at alternatives so that they can be ready if a move for an outfielder doesn't work. They will talk with Toronto about Josh Donaldson, and they'll explore whatever other options they fan re: bat. They'll look at added a starting pitcher. And they will go into the market for a reliever, one whom they think they can make into a closer. Now, that will likely lead to conversations with the Rays about Colome, and if the Rays want to make that trade, the Cardinals are going to be one of the teams interested.
Lance Lynn's middle finger had come part. He gleefully showed it to me.
The likelihood of signing Lynn seems to be higher, as mentioned earlier, than Darvish. And the odds of Lynn were discussed a little bit earlier. It's possible that I have a bad read on the Cardinals interest in Darvish, but that doesn't seem to be a direction they intend to go. Not the value play they want to make.