You nailed it. Eager to see what last year does for his development and whether it made him more ready for the upper levels than if he just had the normal progression toward those upper levels.
Based on age. Gomber coming out of college.
More news --- since? Molina was able to fly to Puerto Rico and do some relief work there in the week immediately after the end of the season. He had to be cleared to do so, and the Cardinals felt comfortable with his recovery from post concussion symptoms by the final day of the season. He had passed the tests, he said, and the Cardinals confirmed. Their concern for him had passed.
I haven't signed one. But there is professional courtesy.
More palatable for the Marlins if their lone goal is to get rid of salary. Not much going back in that deal.
It would be a factor, sure. One of the things that concerned the Cardinals -- and others -- was a power righthanded pitcher and the track record that previous power righthanded pitchers underwent. Now, one thing that you see with the Cardinals (and, yes, other teams) is a concerted effort to learn more about the player and his off field practices and what he's going to do to maintain his excellence. Heck, when the Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler, one of the things they talked about was what they learned about his training habits and his adjustments in the game and how they thought that would make him a solid player even as he ages and if he loses some of his speed. We saw some of that this season, and that may be fallout from what the Cardinals saw in other deals, like Scherzer's. The contract Scherzer got was definitely a bet on his ability to maintain or adapt as he aged. The Nationals were investing in Sherzer's competitiveness, his willingness to change, and his off-field work to stay strong. That has to be part of any "due diligence" that a team does now, and we've seen the Cardinals really expand on that when it comes to players they didn't have in-house (for example, Matt Holliday).
I enjoy March and October the most. March is a chance to talk with players and get to know their stories better than any other time, and I have learned a lot through the years about the game during March because the conversation atmosphere is so different and receptive to just talking about the game. Way back in 2011 during March, Mike Matheny and I sat at a table and he was telling me about an aspect of the game -- about defense against basestealing -- that was fascinating, and then I saw it happen in the 2011 World Series as Ian Kinsler took advantage of the Cardinals. See, that happens in March. And it brings us to October. October is the best because you're covering history. Everything matters so much. The crowds are amazing. The games are compelling. The coverage has to rise to the occasion and I relish that challenge.
I would take the pennant race over the Hot Stove 13 months a year and twice in a leap year.
I believe so. The payroll must rise. And the TV deal does help.
John Mozeliak made it a point recently to state that the front office still believes in Piscotty's production and role with the team. He stressed that in a recent conversation because the team understands all the factors that went into his season, as mentioned earlier.
Stanton is the other bat. I think you'd see a far different lineup with his addition than you see now -- and thus his addition means that Carpenter or Fowler or DeJong is that other bat, or Pham. That's the idea of a Tent Pole hitter. He raises the whole group. A lineup built around depth needs another bat. A lineup built around a Tent Pole gets more out of the bats in place.
Not at all. I think he's got a compelling case. Other writers do, too. I'm eager to see Jay Jaffe's take on Rolen's announcement.
Both. Both. Both. That's what is going on here.
That is legal. I have not been able to unearth any. That isn't for lack of asking.
Some of what you're talking about definitely seems to be the Cardinals' goal. We talked this past week with Mike Matheny about the addition of Maddux and how that is going to sort out, and he echoed a lot of Maddux told me when I spoke to him: They have a staff meeting coming up in December and during that time the new group is going to get to know each other, discuss strengths, discuss organization, plot out spring training, and do all the things that they've talked about -- just formally. Yes, I used the word formally here and meant to. At that time, I imagine we'll learn more about Maddux's exact role, what they mean by pitching coordinator, and how he and Matheny are going to work together to get make moves and set in-game pitching strategy. Maddux said that some of it is going to take games for that trust to develop and that cannot happen until spring training.
Oh, absolutely, that's how they go about it. They make a list, check it twice, and then order them in level of interest and likelihood of that player making the team. Sometimes they make a play for a Rule 5 player who offers depth for spring training and just see where it takes them. But, yes, they approach it like the draft -- only this time there is better information and better data out there because they actually have professional performance to use.
Leveraging and taking the time to maximize the return.
Exactly. It would put all that OBP to use.
Is Stanton alone an option? Stanton alone.
Probably not, not. I'm not sure why the Yankees would replace Gregorious with Profar. Why not just keep both? Didi was exceptional for the Yankees this past season. Talk about deals not made that the Cardinals have been connected to in the past.
They have had discussions with the Rays, and Archer would be one of the topics.