Maybe. But to get two bats, you need to get one first, and the Cardinals have a problem if they get zero bats. So, get one, see where the next move takes you. A full season from DeJong. A healthy season from Wong or Fowler or better season from Piscotty and then you've got the second bat.
More likely it's because Lynn signed a deal that purposefully took him into free agency and then the aforementioned market factor. Cardinals often set a internal price to do a deal for a player, and if they know the player won't sign for it then they wait to see what the market offers and go from there. See before in the chat for a long explanation of what that means.
Not that low. But it has been shrinking with each passing day, yes.
Sorry, got distracted there by one of the more thoughtless tweets I've read in awhile. Back to baseball and chatting.
Yes. As are the dodged contracts of Price and Heyward. But you have to give those qualifies, because the Cardinals did make the offer and were a yes away from getting one of them.
Wins are good narrative stats, and louse qualitative stats. Earlier in the chat I used them in a narrative fashion because we know to get a win a starter must pitch at least five innings and leave with the lead. Those two fixed points are helpful when understanding an offense (didn't give the lead) and a bullpen (had to cover four innings) when it comes to discussing where a team went awry. Many decisions by the bullpen means starters either didn't go the five required, didn't leave with the lead, or the bullpen blew it.
Other sports have designated periods for signing and designated dead periods. Baseball's free agency is designed like the game itself -- to keep it in the headlines year-round.
Sure. That could develop in spring or in April and off they go. Has happened before. Also, they don't need a closer for this weekend. So they could get Nicasio in the coming weeks, add another arm in a month, add another arm a month after that, and then sort it out later when they actually do want to have certainty.
I would not discount Paul DeJong's ability or his dedication to improve in every facet of the game. We saw him make himself into a worthy shortstop at the highest level the game is played. He's legit. Has always been.
And he's an Illinois State grad.
A prospect who has earned similar strong reports from people who I trust and who also were high on DeJong is Dakota Hudson. What I want to do this winter is get a better sense of how some of the young international players are advancing and whether they are moving into that same group, because now's about the time.
You're talking about signing them. I'm talking about acquiring them. The Cardinals were willing to take on salary in the trade and thus didn't have to offer the greater prospects. The signing is a different situation.
You and the Cardinals both. A reminder that like the postseason, the prospects aren't in St. Louis either.
Thanks for the kind words. I think you hit on something here that is important. Weaver had a Wacha-like run there, and as such should expect to encounter some Wacha-like bumps. Look back to what Wacha did in 2014. Subtract the shoulder injury as a factor and you'll still see the inconsistencies of a young pitcher trying to find a new way get through hitters, to get through the lineup a third time, and so on. Weaver took a great stride this year. He learned how to pitch and win and control games when he had his best stuff. He'll do that again next year. His next step is what does he do when he doesn't have his best stuff. How does he win then? That takes experience. Wacha is still learning, still improving, and when one of them does that then you have the 200-inning breakout guy the Cardinals need. Well, really, any team needs.
They are not. As mentioned earlier in the chat and in the coverage at the time -- the Leake deal was about moving the ball toward 2018, not just that moment or this season. They were working ahead and they had a chance to get a bat they wanted and make a move they figured they had to make in 2018 anyway. Rather than contend with the free agent pitchers who were also available and possible slow negotiations on a trade in that way, the Cardinals went with the deal they had at a time when the interested team and approved team was in need of a pitcher. Leverage.
I wasn't asked after those attacks. I would have said the same thing. They are all terrorism.
It is not. Look at the drafts after Luhnow left, starting with 2012 till now.
Fair point, and I'm glad you made it. I shouldn't have glossed over that. It was not my intention.
It would be an interesting pivot for the Cardinals to make and not an entirely implausible one. If the Cardinals are unable to get the bat of their desires, then they could really double-down on run prevention. I was told in the past month by executives with two different teams essentially the same thing: A run prevented is worth the same as a run scored. Now, we just have access to better ways to measure that run scored, and games cannot be won, minus-1-to-zero. Still, an exceptionally defensive shortstop would allow the Cardinals to shift and go in that run prevention direction. A glove-first shortstop moves DeJong to third and then fortifies a pitching staff that could also get an addition. That would be the Cardinals moving in that direction. There is more margin for error with that approach, no pun in intended, because it banks on the entirety of the lineup producing and being a nuisance for opponents. That's really what the Cardinals wanted this year, or to get closer to it.
That's a safe bet. That's how the roster is positioned now.