Sure. But if they had him in 2018 they might be in the playoffs, like the Cubs. And this year they might have already taken the division. That's my point. He was a good fit for the team and available, and instead he went to a rival.
Good question. I'll go yes. I think yes. That feels right.
In the past two winters they traded minor-league talent to get Ozuna and Goldschmidt. Where do those moves fit into your declarative? I don't think the approach you described fits the Cardinals actions at all.
That is something the Cardinals are considering, yes. It's part of their internal discussions and planning, especially as they look three-, five-years out.
Sure. The owner is going to want to have a say in who leads his/her team. I bet we all would if we ever own a team.
They are, yes. There is a presentation planned for this evening before first pitch.
I don't see Helsley as the pitcher under glass. He's slated for multi-inning middle relief, and he has pitched his way into larger-leverage spots. That appears clear. He's even in the running for the postseason roster, and the Cardinals are intrigued by his possible advancement as a starter. (See earlier in the chat.) He's on the schedule to be used tonight in the Wacha start. And he was even held aside for that purpose. Shildt is looking for reasons to use him. The pitcher under glass was a pitcher that the Cardinals seemed to find reasons not to use because he was assigned to pitch innings when they were losing and the Cardinals refused to surrender to that possibility. Quite the opposite now. They're looking for reasons to find Helsley work.
B. and D. Focus on being a first-time father in the offseason for the first time.
Nope. They've reverse-engineered it so they wouldn't.
Bennington. He can skate.
I completely understand your argument, and I think it's worth discussing. The Cardinals had zero interesting in pursuing Castellanos at the trade deadline. They did not see him as a defensive player for them. Has his work at Wrigley altered that opinion? I'm not so sure. It would be quite the pivot for big data and the Cardinals to turn so rapidly from a team not interested in a player to one trying to sign him for the bridge work. Also, the bridge might not need to be all that long to Carlson.
As of today, I bet he plays through 2021. His deal for 2021 won't look like Wainwright's of this year; it's going to be more of an extension. And it's likely to be discussed this spring.
Absolutely it will. It's on the Cardinals' mind for sure. You're going to see some NBA-style resting of players in the near future, and Molina is going to get that kind of treatment for 2020 because of the lesson from this season.
Going to get real interesting when Jon Jay returns to the Cardinals in a coaching capacity. Thanks for the kind words.
He went through a similar stretch in Class AA, and he became what scouts called changeup happy. This appears to be a command and efficiency choice. He's focused on off-speed, down-shift low in the zone and the quick efficient outs at that point.
My sense is that they also got Yadier Molina back from injury and he's raking, and that they also got Marcell Ozuna back and he went on a binge, and that Kolten Wong continued to be one of the best hitters on the team for a long stretch. I don't think anything clicked with the lineup that quickly, only that it was a continuation of what was already there.
No, but I bet this question will dominate the winter if this season ends in October.
A few things. Yes, they're all capable of playing in the majors. Some may have impact in the majors. Some may not. There is nothing wrong with letting that sort out via production and competition and the depth is important. There's no such thing as too much talent. That said, the Cardinals will explore deals for Garcia, for O'Neill, and for a handful of other outfielders this winter to see if, like you suggest, a starter could be there in return.