No more than usual. Actually, about the same as usual.
True. He cannot. That is fair. Alex Reyes is not a prospect for his offense. #Developing.
There's been a lot of talk about the scoreboard at West Palm and whether it was hot or not. It had Verlander at 96-97, and that's where he fits. It had other pitchers in that neighborhood too, and the Cardinals were not phased at all when it clocked Mikolas at 98 mph. Trackman, the more reliable of the readouts, has had Mikolas in that 94-97 range, and one of the things that he was challenged to do the other day was throw hard and throw inside and throw harder and throw more inside. And he did that. We saw that particularly with his split-change which had a higher velocity than we've seen before, and he agreed that was on purpose after his work.
I don't recall any examples of this that would suggest a trend, sorry.
Better as reliever. That's the need. His knee. His durability. His K-rate.
OK, I've got to relocate. We Are the World is on the radio, and that means the coffee shop is closing. I'll close up the chat shortly after one one speed round through the questions. Give me a moment to reset.
In part, it is change for change's sake. And your premise is faulty because Albert Pujols would never have accepted a one-year deal because a three-time MVP and one of the most feared righthanded batters of all time coming off a World Series championship season would never receive a one-year offer even in the most frigid of free agent seasons. Your example falters on the grounds of reality. The Cardinals offered Lance Lynn a one-year, $17.4-million contract. If he had said, yes, then they would have Lance Lynn and he would be in the rotation and off they go. He declined. They showed no interest in re-engaging. They welcomed the forced the change for, yes, change's sake. They preferred to open a spot in the rotation for someone else. Now, that can be debated. That can be argued, and there are those of us who think that Lance Lynn is a solid pitcher with a presence that every contender needs. That doesn't mean this situation is even remotely like 2011. If anything, you may have even proved my point. In 2011, as Pujols left, the Cardinals signed Carlos Beltran, who did nothing but help deliver the Cardinals to another World Series two years later. When his contract ran out, what happened? Change. Churn. Like it or not, this is what teams do.
It depends on the style set at the newspaper or media outlet where you work.
Bud Norris will actually be used by the Cardinals, I bet.
I'm not sure how you get 2 and add 3 and arrive at potato. That could just be me. If someone is a free agent, then by definition they cannot be traded for. Now, if you mean a free-agent-to-be like a Donaldson or something, then the Cardinals have shown an eagerness to trade for that type of player and have done so several times recently. This winter, they didn't find a taker. Wasn't for lack of trying. It was for lack of finding a dance partner. Toronto, for example. But look at the deals the Cardinals did make with the Jays, and you can't honestly believe those conversations didn't spawn from or spawn other conversations. C'mon. I'm stuck guessing what you mean by some of this other stuff. Free agents? Like Lynn? Wouldn't have cost much money. Arrieta? Would have been a pinch on years more than a money, and the Cardinals, going back to Scherzer, have been reluctant to commit money and years to aging righthanded pitchers. They lost out on Scherzer. That's a big miss. But they also have seen other righthanders fade to prove their data points. And ... they're not alone. Look at this winter. How many teams were rushing to do the things that you want the Cardinals to do? Does that not tell you something about the larger market? News flash: All the owners are making money. All of them. Rays. Marlins. All of them are making lots and lots and lost of money. They ain't hurting for revenue. And if I follow your logic correctly you're suggesting that the Cardinals did not make moves this winter because they wanted to save money -- for what I'm not sure -- but that does invite the question about what would have happened if Giancarlo Stanton had approved that deal. You would be out an argument. Angst would have to shuttle elsewhere. Perhaps you could trade it in for a jersey. Does the Fan Shop take angst?
Who do you have in mind? Better be good. Really good. I'm not seeing one available.
This is an interesting question. Mikolas. For reasons outlined below. But it would be a tougher call than some of the other suggestions fired into the chat.
I'm not sure what STL media you're citing here. Lance Lynn will be a boost to the Twins and is a strong, solid, durable pitcher who makes a team better and turns a rotation into a division-winning rotation. Explaining the Cardinals' approach to this shouldn't be confused with the media's view of this.
I don't think there is an obvious answer here. There isn't a certainty. That's noteworthy.
I've seen teams sit and win the World Series. More recently, we've seen a move of some type to propel a team. Anecdotally, we're all going to remember the Verlander trade of this past season and the Chapman trade of the previous one. What should concern you more is that the Cardinals didn't have much action at the trade deadlines and that didn't just slow their chances of being in the World Series -- it slowed their ability to contend in the regular season. That's the story. You've got to get in to have a chance at the trophy, and the Cardinals haven't been in since 2015.
I appreciate the thought that went into this comment. Well done.
This offseason offered some opportunity for them to address their openings with certainty, and they went with some gambles. They bet. They saw it differently. I don't know what "dumpster dive" means except for it's a phrase that people throw around now to sound tough. Addison Reed would not have been a dumpster dive. Neither would a handful of other relievers or pitchers that the Cardinals could have looked at and did and they didn't elsewhere or that they didn't look at all.