Best hitter should bat No. 2. That's been my thoughts before. Still are.
This is the question I get from the front office when I ask, too.
He was making a statement that helped get attention so that the GMs and front offices weren't the only ones with the floor. Thought it was a savvy ploy. It gave the agents and the union the news cycle during a winter when the front offices have definitely controlled what you might call the narrative.
Let's find out: The Cardinals are one of the top 10 most profitable teams in baseball, and that is due to the devotion of the fan base that allows them to sell 3.4 million tickets a season and benefit from a billion-dollar rights fee deal that pays them more than the market, at first look would command. And they are in position to see their spending drop just as they get an infusion of more than $80 million of revenue.
That's all true. Not a secret. My credential is still good.
Interesting question. Alex Reyes, probably. Would like to see, you know, how he returns from elbow surgery, while the other team are ready and set to go for this season without limitations, it would seem. But, given health and strength, the answer is Alex Reyes.
Don't know about Norris at this point. The Cubs were trying to sign Mikolas. They were one of the teams that offered him a deal and attempted to sign him before they pivoted to Chatwood. There were about two, three other teams. The standards who are looking for starting pitching.
Yes. Many. You are welcome to do an audit on StlToday.com and report your findings. I'll share them with the group, Brett. Thanks.
It would upset the current look of the standings. But don't bank on that happening. If either the Cubs, Brewers, or Cardinals were able to make that trade, it would vault them ahead in many ways. I meant what I wrote and I wrote what I meant in Sunday's paper when I suggested the NL Central was there for the taking by the team that made the move or got the breakthrough that asserted their rotation. The Cubs then made that move and I had to rewrite to show that they did. The Cubs' rotation is the kind of rotation that wins a division. The others have a lot to prove to be that way.
They lost three. They added three. Math says they're set, especially with Tuivailala out of options. Now, Norris being on a one-year deal means he could be dismissed if someone outpitches him, and if that is one of the young guys that storms into the picture or fills a role that Matheny would prefer to carry. As of right now, you've got Leone, Gregerson, and now Norris funneling in, with Norris a bit of a flex as he comes into the season. The numbers game works out with Hudson, Hicks, Helsley as part of the group that offers arms that will push their way through the course of the year. This appears to be the approach the Cardinals are taking.
That it's a disaster. More likely, it will be nonexistent. But if it's a disaster, they can't hide from it. We will all see it, and the stats will show it, and the questions will explore how it got that way.
Not ahead of Ozuna, not as we sit today before a run has been scored.
As a value, it sure seems that way. The Cubs made a play for Mikolas, and pivoted to Chatwood. They clearly had both talks going at the same time. Not sure which of those pitchers they saw as the more productive pitcher, but the value play they wanted to make was Mikolas.
Probably. A strong spring by Patrick Wisdom and take offers for him. An injury could always change things around, too, of course. It wouldn't be a shock if the Cardinals try to find that lefthanded-hitting outfielder of some type. Rick Hummel has a story coming about who the Cardinals see as the in-house option there. This a roster that will be asking to be fine-tuned toward the end, and one reasonable way for the Cardinals to do that would be via trade.
Class AA is a likely spot.
I don't get the sense that Lynn will have to "settle" for a one-year deal. Not at all. He has multiple teams interested. Brewers, Mets, Twins, and so on, and there is enough of a market there to get multi-year deals, for sure. It is pretty clear that the Cardinals are good moving on without him, and he understands that there won't be interest forthcoming from his former team.
Wong is too low in that group. Not sure the Brewers' outfield is going to line up that way when it's all said and done. Russell has it in him to be the best of that group, but DeJong is setting the pace. It just seems like lining them up like this doesn't show how wide the gaps are because you look through your list and not all of the ">" are created equal. Some of them would be ">>" and some would be ">/2" and not illustrated here is where the division will be won, with the pitching.
And a majority of the teams in baseball agree with you.
It's funny because Benjamin Hochman just asked me a similar question. I was asked on a radio station here a few minutes ago whether I thought the Cardinals were close to the Brewers. And I suggested that the better question is how close they are to the Reds. And why I suggest that is because the Reds need a lot of things to go just right for them to be a winning team. Don't the Cardinals need a lot of things to go just right for them to be a contending team? They have it in them. That roster could contend. But what certainty do they have? The lineup appears to be a certainty. Still, it's hinged on the breakouts from last year, from Pham to DeJong to even Ozuna. All of them had a 2017 that says they're superstars. But trends and track record matter, and what certainty do the Cardinals have? That's the thing missing. Certainty. So if they could add something to change the look of the roster it would be that -- certainty. Certainty is costly. And, yes, certainty can emerge from opportunity. It's the latter approach that the Cardinals are taking.
Sherriff could be the teams lefty specialist. Norris gives them the righthanded depth that you see in the others, so you might go with the older of the group or the one that is going to slip through waivers because he has before.