He could be, absolutely. Fans would vote him in as a starter, for example.
He would fit right in with the khaki crew covering the team.
Not remotely what the Orioles are interested in. They want pitching. Good luck making that deal without Alex Reyes being a part of it, or some level of prospect like that. You're talking multiple top 100 prospects, and that offer doesn't include one.
Perez has spent the winter working with Oquendo and shadowing Molina, and Molina invited Perez and another prospect to spend the offseason with him here in Florida. Perez also played for Molina when Molina managed a team for Puerto Rico. The Cardinals believe that Perez has some maturing and growing to do -- both as a person and with his frame -- and that he took strides toward that this winter because he was in a situation that demanded it with Molina as a mentor. He's got to get stronger. He's got to get ready for some failure. He's got to get health. But the coaches and scouts that saw him this winter all see the lightning in his movements and the quick-twitch of a player who has ability that cannot be taught. So they're trying to channel it in ways that can be.
Because, in the standings, they finished behind the Red Sox, 0-4.
Restless fans are everywhere. They just pushed it off a few days.
That was two years ago. And it's not even Day 1 yet. Everybody is cheery. Except you and me.
Analytics adore Maddux. You're right. A radar gun is not analytics. Good point.
We already have, so to speak, Atlanta and Dodgers did one.
Helsley bullpen. Hudson rotation. Subject to change.
I get what you're saying. And we're going to have to do something of a reset here. Way back in 2013, there was the Cardinals looking for a possible addition to the rotation, and there was the White Sox with a starter named Jake Peavy who did interest the Cardinals. Eventually the Sox did trade Peavy, to the Red Sox, and they went and orchestrated a three-team trade with the Tigers to do so. Here, from Baseball-Reference.com, is the transaction:
July 30, 2013: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Chicago White Sox to the Boston Red Sox. The Detroit Tigers sent Avisail Garcia to the Chicago White Sox. The Detroit Tigers sent Brayan Villarreal to the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox sent Jose Iglesias to the Detroit Tigers. The Boston Red Sox sent Cleuluis Rondon (minors), Frankie Montas and J.B. Wendelken to the Chicago White Sox.
Now, you might go, why didn't the Cardinals try to pull off that same deal, didn't they have the same kind of prospects to put together there? Doesn't matter. Doesn't matter at all. What matters isn't what the Sox wanted in this deal from the Sox and Tigers, it's what the Sox wanted from the Cardinals to make that deal, and what they wanted was Carlos Martinez. That was the talk. They wanted Carlos Martinez. And for Adam Eaton they wanted two top 50 prospects, so that's Alex Reyes. And that's what they wanted from the Cardinals. Now, could the Cardinals match what Arizona sent to Detroit a year ago for Martinez. Perhaps. Probably. But that doesn't matter. What matters is what the Tigers wanted from the Cardinals, and if the Tigers were asking for Flaherty and the Cardinals said no, and then the Tigers said we'll go elsewhere then it doesn't matter what they got elsewhere, it matters what the Cardinals decided to keep.
I dunno. Ozuna seems like a move that is in the Cardinals' sweet spot. Holliday-style.
And elsewhere, probably. Eye of the behold stuff.
Good question. It hasn't been asked. There would be no draft pick attached to him, so no real chance to recoup some of the move, and that factors in. You're talking about two significant prospects at that point, or one centerpiece and two helpers. Not quite the Ozuna deal, in that case, but something like an Alcantara to build around it, a starter. The Jays will try to use urgency as leverage to get that starting pitching prospect for years to come.
It's possible. You're closer. Things are more relaxed before games. Security hasn't really put a pinch on that kind of access, and you'll find that it's a great chance to see close up what players are doing -- even if you cannot get an autograph or six.
Fair point. And I mostly agree. It speaks to the disconnect between front office and fanbase in the modern game. Front offices are looking for value, not necessarily most production. Fans are looking for highest cost, not always the best fit. There is a Venn Diagram of where these two intersect -- Giancarlo Stanton, for example -- but those are rare and tension flourishes.
They have. That's to be expected. Losing is uncomfortable. Missing October is foreign. And as with everything, there is a natural skew to the negative. Look at how Twitter has changed from when I joined in 2008 and there were about 1,000 people to talk with and have exchanges with and debate baseball topics, and now nearly 100K follow me and some do just to shout at me. It's not ideal. But it shouldn't be a surprise. We saw it with message boards, too.
Playing it well, does. And you know that.
Susan Lucci-level runnerups.
There are such things as certainty, and it's expensive because it's rare. I think we're saying the same thing here, honestly. I'm talking about confidence-interval level certainty, but I can't predict health or the outliers, but I can reasonably say that given health Mike Trout is going to be a beast and Paul Goldschmidt is going to be a terror and Joey Votto is going to be one of the best hitters in the game and Giancarlo Stanton is going to hit a lot of home runs and Craig Kimbrel is going to close a lot of games and Max Scherzer is going to get a lot of strikeouts and Francisco Lindor is going to be one of the most enjoyable and productive players to watch this season and Kris Bryant will take a swing at another MVP and so on and so on. Certainty is out there. Hard to find. Expensive to keep. But it's out there.
Seems like a good spot to end. There are stories to write for tomorrow's paper. And I've just scratched the surface on some of the reporting to be done. Hochman is looking at the closer opening. Ortiz is writing about the Norris addition. Hummel has stuff on Pham and the lineup. I've got a look at how the Cardinals are going to avoid a closer by committee by trying to see if a committee produces a closer. I'm going to use that line in the paper. You have been warned. Chat with you next week.