Possibly. The Cardinals would rather other players produce so they don't have to do that.
It was a choice by the Cardinals and they are constantly toying with new and better ways to make it happen without affecting play with snaking balls. Part of it was the grass had been blistered by use and the sun and it wouldn't support the arch, according to the grounds crew. New grass. Recent precipitation. New year. It's able to support it, and we'll see if they revisit it through the season. It's already starting to fade.
Need is only part of the equation. Ask is the biggest part. His ask.
If he were available suddenly today it would be as a reliever, yes.
That's an interesting point. Chris Davis has not fared well. Some of the deals not made -- Jason Heyward, for example -- are the most-defining deals of them all. Imagine if the Cardinals had traded for Stanton and all of sudden wouldn't be able to chat with Arizona about Goldschmidt. There are other teams that curse the Cardinals luck with the Goldschmidt move. "How does that happen always for them?" an official with a rival team asked me. Well, start by the moves they didn't pull off ...
I don't. It would really scramble the record books. Maybe we'll get better at understanding them, and arbitration will get better at not using them, but wins are going to stay wins and saves will stay saves, and we'll just add layers of starts and context to them.
His velocity has improved since spring training. We saw spot 90 mph during spring. He's had more of them recently, certainly yesterday. That's the bandwidth where he's going to operate -- 88 to 91 with movement in three directions.
They never saw him as being consistent there. Part of that is style. Part of that is throwing. Part of that is how well he goes back into the outfield and then experience he had at second base. Comfort was a big part of it. I always wondered why he didn't get a look at center field, giving his familiarity with that position before. We saw why later, and we see why they stuck with him at second. Oquendo was a big advocate that Wong at second was going to be a plus fielder, for that position.
The Cardinals have had similar structures in place for Hicks (last year) and would have done something with Reyes as the weeks rolled on. They had Hader's use in mind when they put Reyes on the roster.
My name is still not Rich.
There is definitely something to this. The Angels of today would try to make a different deal, for sure. The Cardinals would likely go about it the same way -- with the clear, concise language of what "Cardinal for life means."
No. They didn't need each other. They could skip the relay!
Good chance, yes. Pending injuries above him.
Poorly, yes. Lloyd McClendon once told me I had a "major-league bunt." He added that it wouldn't get me very far, but at least I had that.
Agreed. Such a fascinating start -- and close, close, close games in NL.
Trading Matt Carpenter would weaken the Cardinals. I see what you're saying about similar styles of hitters, but if they're all doing what they do well, then that's a lineup with depth.