Greetings from All-Star week in DC. Anything going on in St. Louis? Here to take your questions for several hours, bring you details from the All-Star and try to get to as much as possible. I am also trying to secure my credentials so I may have some line waiting here and bouncing around. But we should have a lively talk here. Let’s get to it.
The front office has its eyes open for this kind of addition.
The tell will be the next 11 games, eight against the Cubs. The Cardinals see that as the measure of the team and the direction they’ll head. And, if they go .500 vs Cubs, we now know that’s not good enough to sway the opinion of the front office that this group needs a change.
To the roster. That's the view of the front office.
He was prescribed rest, and at last check there isn't any indication it will require surgery. The closest comparison that we might have handy is Matt Carpenter. His was more severe, from what I understand, but he was able to address it with rest, treatment, and training program, and that's the route being suggested for Ozuna.
That seems unlikely. Alex Rodriguez was mentioned as well. Either would be a significant departure from the norm for the Cardinals -- but, hey, so was firing Matheny at midseason -- though I will add that the latter, Rodriguez, has enhanced his profile with the TV work and has always had a reputation within the game for being all about the game, and a good baseball thinker. Just doesn't seem at all like the direction the Cardinals would go for a manager.
40-man roster. So, if Austin Gomber comes up to make the extra start this weekend in Chicago, he will be promoted to the majors. If Dakota Hudson comes up to make that extra start -- and that's being discussed -- his contract would be purchased from Class AAA Memphis and put on 40-man roster. Transferred can happen when a player is moved from level to level outside of the 40-man roster, or a player can be "transferred' to paternity list or reserved list -- and that's to get them off the active roster or off the 40-man roster, depending on the designation.
That would be the goal. I would not be shocked to see several of the righthanded hitters improve. Could be a welcome change for Ozuna who has not had Budaska's tutelage before. If he's receptive.
Credence. It's drawn from reports. That's been mentioned in this chat, was mentioned by me on STL radio this morning, and is something that Cardinals would explore. This isn't rumor or innuendo. This is a possibility. The Cardinals' best chance at a significant return in the coming weeks will be seeing what the market is for Martinez.
Not all. Just most. Sometimes it takes having a teammate like Molina to offer a seat on the plane.
Let's tackle the Maddux question first. He's signed to a multi-year deal and he's one of the highest-paid coaches in the majors. He's set. Wouldn't be a surprise at all if he has a role in the selection of the new manager. His opinion will definitely be asked.
Hold on. I've lost a question. Trying to find it.
Mozeliak, Girsch, and DeWitt had the discussion Friday, and they were all in agreement that something had to be done. The planning for how and when and for sure was Saturday, or leading into Saturday. It wasn't delayed 24 hours, per se, as it was during the game that Matheny's appearance at the event that night was cancelled and at some point around then the release was written and the meetings were organized. Also, DeWitt wanted to be in town for the move. He traveled in Saturday.
One of the biggest questions and uncertainties around the team was answered. It was palpable and tense around the team in the weeks leading up to the All-Star break --as you probably know -- and that was directly related to the quality of play and the unknown. Was the hitting coach going to be fired during the break? Was a trade or a release about the happen? The players knew there were consequences for their play -- and that led to a real tight, bristling and eggshell-type environment. Now they know the response. Now they see the move. Now they have clarity on leadership.
NEWS: Miles Mikolas has returned home to Jupiter, Fla., to be his pregnant wife. She was unable to travel so close to the due date. He arrived in Washington D.C. late Sunday and then left immediately, and it's doubtful, according to an official, that he will return.
I'm not sure what exactly is the question, but the biggest name for the highest return that the Cardinals have at this point appears to be Carlos Martinez.
I asked around about this yesterday because he's been mentioned before as a rising manager candidate. One thing I was told was how Pendleton has been looking for a situation where he could, in part, pick a coaching staff as well. Not sure that's going to be the cae entirely with the Cardinals. They'll have Shildt there and Maddux of course, and several other coaches are valued by the organization like Oquendo with his two-year deal and McGee, of course. So, is that the situation Pendleton wants? He may not have the choice if he wants to be manager -- or he may only want to be manager if he has the choice.
Rockies have been hesitant to acquire pitching prospects from outside. Whether that's going to change at this time, I don't know. In the past, under this group, they have talked about developing inside pitching and acquiring outside hitters. They feel that sets up the pitcher for better success at the ballpark and so on. Now, the Rockies did have interest in the past for Rosenthal, and at one point Martinez was brought up -- but a non-starter for the Cardinals, as he was everywhere. Not sure how they see that now. One pitcher who does fit the profile of what the Rockies are trying to add is Dakota Hudson. There isn't a better groundball-prospect in baseball, and that has a high value in the launch-angle game, especially at altitude. You're talking about several premium pieces being needed to make the Rockies consider a deal they aren't motivated to make at all.
Both of these questions, dovetail. Yes, Yankees line up from the outside looking in, and you could see how the Yankees have close-proximity prospects of interest. And, yes, a high yield return. Sale-esque, if not quite complete Sale.
Houston's rotation doesn't need the help for the rotation, and they have team control for an infield linchpin that is not easily replaced? Astros don't take the call. They don't need to.