Surprised they had one. Says a lot about the season that Pham had. He ranked with some elite players when it comes to production.
We were just talking about this.
Thanks. But we've got a few more hours and then the story for tomorrow's paper!
Bill DeWitt III wanted to return the team to its traditional road look. That fans spoke out for the blue road cap. Remember the curious vote that was held awhile back? So, a compromise was hatched. The Cardinals wear the blue hat on the road when the home team has a red cap or a dominant red color in their uniforms but in Chicago, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee, for example, you'll see the red cap on the road.
Yep. The Cardinals just have to be willing to do it. They have not yet been, and the Eaton deal was recently brought up as an example. The Cardinals were in on the negotiations, of course, as we reported at the time, and then the price skyrocketed. There was some talk at the winter meetings that the White Sox were asking for too, too much and would never get it. Enter Washington. Proved the doubters wrong and changed the market. Cardinals readjusted and went after Fowler with the extra year.
Well put. An addition would be the boost, not a subtraction from OBP.
One way that the team wants to do this is not with the coaching staff at all. It's with the bullpen itself. And it's been something that they've tried to pull off a few times in recent years: Provide a bullpen with set roles, set purpose, and then have a recipe that they can go to again and again. That, of course, leans heavily on player performance within those lanes. That's the tricky part. But you think about how they had Choate in there because of how Matheny approached the bullpen a few years ago, and then removed Choate when Matheny didn't use the LOOGY much at all. Same kind of thing. Matheny likes having that long reliever that rarely gets used. So he'll get it. And if they can get a seventh and eighth reliever (Nicasio?) and then some kind of closer option or two and it streamlines all the choices.
At the expense of David Bell? That doesn't seem wise.
That would seem to be the limit of the team's patience, yes. Now there are caveats to that I suppose. They could win 95 games and get 3.4m through the gate and sell bad luck as the reason for holding status quo. But this past summer revealed a lack of patience around the ballpark and with the roster that we had not seen at any other point in Mozeliak's tenure and that certainly could work its way through the clubhouse quickly and dramatically if 2018 is a repeat of 2017, which was a repeat of 2016. What's that Mozeliak always says about head meeting a wall?
The Braves are a mess right now. GM resigning. Investigation ongoing, according to reports. They are headless, directionless, and aren't going to give off a clear read on their intentions for awhile here. They could use the month before the GM meetings to sort through the rubble here and decide on where to step next.
Yes. He was seen by other teams as a rising talent, and there was at least one person who told me to expect to see Rodriguez in the next round of GM interviews when there were openings.
Why not? Why not the sun and the moon? Heck, bring in the stars, too.
He could. He's young, rising, and has the ability to alter the depth of a lineup. You'd be surprised. There's more to "fear" than just home runs. Home runs help. But OPS matters, too.
I like the tail end of your question because that's the catch, right? You can start to see why the Cardinals are in such a bind -- the moves they need to make are costly and they could lead to more costly moves. Lots of out of character moves for the Cardinals in that one sentence. Prospects to get both? Perhaps. But not with robbing the cupboard of talent and leaving them exposed depth-wise. That's a concern and they might need to add a starter via free agency already anyway.
They have the talent to make a trade. They have the money to sign a free agent.
It's a question of want now.
The offseason has already begun for the Cardinals. Baseball frowns on moves by teams outside of the playoffs while the playoffs are going on. Teams have until the end of the World Series to negotiate with their own free agents and address their roster. Trades rarely happen right out of the gate, but they can start once the postseason ends.
Alright, sorry about the delay. Lets get back into this. A player uses an option the first time in a season when he has been sent from the major-league team to the minors. Most players have three option years. Tuivailala this year ran out of options -- spent his last option year. He went back and forth through the minors on that final option all year, and come next spring training the only way for the Cardinals to get him from the majors to the minors is to pass him through waivers and other teams would claim him.