So the Milwaukee Brewers were interested in Lynn, but appeared to be trying to make a deal for a pitcher. They, of course, have been linked to Archer. I have also been told that they would take/have taken a run at Duffy in KC. Odorizzi was also a pitcher that would have made sense for them via trade, but now he's in Twins Country, too. That does leave Cobb as the next free agent, if they cannot pull off a deal for Duffy. That said, Cobb is not the only free-agent pitcher. It's possible that the Brewers, who are savvy, try to make a play for one of the lottery ticket starters out there, like Cardinals did with Lohse many years ago, and they just try to get the 10 quality starts or 22 starts that bring balance to the back end of their rotation at a better price.
It means the Cardinals are pragmatic about their chances of being the place he wants to play.
Has not moved the needle here, despite the need for a lefthanded option. And before you ask, there was no interest in moving on Jon Jay either. Not from Cardinals side.
He's earned it. Would make sense. With Alex Reyes in that super-hybrid reliever who throws about 90 innings or 100 innings. That's entirely realistic.
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Of the list of things that might explain this, not appearing: Stanton. It's spring, and it does appear as if Ozuna is trying to drive every pitch he sees over the wall -- in Miami. Matheny suggested that Ozuna is trying to impress the fans and his new teammates and just needs to settle in. We saw Ozuna slam his bat after an at-bat on Sunday and that was a new emotion from an outfielder who has been gregarious, grinning, and even leading fans in cheers during BP. But at no point in time does this have anything to do with Stanton being elsewhere.
The starters. Spring is a red herring. Pay attention to the means, not the ends, and the means for guys like Wong, Gyorko, and all the regulars is getting ready for the season, while the young players must impress. Different motivations bring different results.
Well, 2016 comes to mind. They hit for little power in spring and then whammo, blast off.
Bader has the lead. Mercado is playing for a Class AAA assignment. Garcia is a wild card.
Yes, every pitcher has something different about their bullpen session. Some throw more pitches, some less. Some go through a progression. And this can change week to week, too. Wacha does not throw his bullpen session two days after his start. He goes three. That's a change he made for the sake of his shoulder, and he felt better as a result. Wainwright will skip bullpen sessions entirely for the sake of his arm, especially when things are going well in his start. Mikolas recently had one when they only had him throw specific pitches, and that he did not throw at full intensity. That's not unusual. As many pitchers as there are, that's how many different bullpen sessions there are. Live batting practice means they face hitters, yes, but no fielders. A sim game means they are without the cage and have fielders to create the feel of "innings." Those are both different than bullpen sessions. If there is a hitter present at a bullpen session it's because the hitter is standing in, not swinging. He's there to give the pitcher a visual -- or he's there to track pitches for himself.
A floor is something that will be discussed in the coming CBA. The floor idea is one that is now in play with the grievances filed against teams like the Rays and Marlins. The union's frustration is that these are revenue-sharing teams who need to prove that they're putting that money back into the product, baseball operations. They want proof. And one way to require that -- or, rather, force that -- is to have a spending limit. Now, baseball/owners won't want that spending tied entirely to free agents. They'll want to be tied to baseball operations so scouts, academies, bonuses, international signings, and all of that count against the spending on the product.
Twitter come to life. We should all get used to it. I'm reminded often of the seen in Finding Nemo.
Sitting in the coffee shop, chatting, and watching Ben Frederickson in action and listening to a steady stream of Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and, yes, we've had some debates about Aerosmith and Journey. This is our off day.
Yep. Baseball will persist. The game is great, even if the business has a bumpy road ahead.
You would be wise to start including Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty in these questions, because they both have the ingredients of which you speak. Carlos Martinez has all the makings of an ace on the mound, and they are working with him to be more than that with Reyes and with the next wave of players, but let's not overlook what Weaver could be, what Flaherty could be, and start mixing them into the conversation here. Wacha is poised for an important year that could send him speeding toward free-agency after 2019.