Entirely fair stance. Not sure why 2019 would be the drop-dead date, but there it is.
They are certainly going to take advantage of it, yes. Don't see them signing Lance, and I've yet to see where Arrieta would have to take a short-term deal like the one the Cardinals are more likely to offer.
That date isn't on the horizon, or even anywhere on the calendar. He's one of the highest-paid coaches in the game. He's got a gig that he chose over others. There are young pitchers that he's intrigued by in this organization. There is an opportunity and a mandate that appeals to him. He seems to be in a good spot, Huey.
That is an actual description by Matt Carpenter about the situation in his shoulder after he met with the trainers and had an MRI on the joint.
He's a factor for the fourth outfielder right now, today. He's entering an important spring for him, and he'll have his first wide-open opportunity to really make an impression, and he could even win a job in the majors or at least position himself to be the first one called up. That's realistic. Don't yet know his ceiling in terms of being able to replace Ozuna. That's a tall order. But as far as being able to start should there be an injury and the Cardinals need to fill some innings in the outfield -- that's possible, that's realistic in 2019, and maybe by the time we get through the next two months, the next six months his ceiling will be that of a starter that the Cardinals want to find a place for.
You're welcome. It's a good time of year to try to bring out the most in it.
Harrison Bader has the profile that you could easily see starting everyday in the majors as a center fielder. O'Neill has the power that if he connects could have that Grichuk-like chance to be a daily player. Oscar Mercado does a lot of things well and despite the slow finish at Class AA might have the most intriguing blend of tools, and right there with him is Garcia. I'd go O'Neill's ceiling as being pretty high, but the safer bets here are Bader and Garcia.
Thoughts: Good to see Dave Duncan staying in the game, and here's hoping he's in Cooperstown at some point in the near future as the first coach to go into the Hall. He lives in Arizona, and thus it is far more likely that the would go to work for a team that he can help in Arizona than a team that he would have to travel to Florida or Peoria or Springfield or wherever to help. Also, the Cardinals hired Mike Maddux.
Speedy outfielder with a good feel for getting on base and the look right now of a valuable fourth outfielder on the way. ETA 2019.
Start one. We'll find you.
Sure. Sometimes players say no. Sometimes teams say no. Takes two to tango.
Fowler or Bader, yep. That's how it is set up right now. Martinez could be a corner with Fowler in CF.
That's exactly right. Yep.
I would imagine they did because that's what teams do. They ask. About a lot of players. All sorts of players. Beltre has no-trade protection, and I don't get any sense that he wants to go anywhere, Texas wants him to go anywhere, or that he will be going anywhere.
Black Thorn or Pizza Head, depending on the type of pizza you're chasing.
Have not seen the specific offers, no. Tampa Bay has a tight zip on that, I'm sure.