Greetings. Just getting my feet under me here in St. Louis. Chat lines are now open.
Alright. Thanks for the patience as we get started here a few minutes late. Nothing quite like that 4 a.m. text to let you know the flight home has been cancelled. After some quick comparative shopping for a rental car and that delightful drive from Chicago to St. Louis this morning, I'm back home just in time to chat and already the questions are streaming in faster than I can read them. Away we go.
Dodgers were already one of the teams interested, and yes this would at least alter the nature of the discussion. Need does that. Yankees also in play for Lynn.
He has to go on the 40-man roster some time before the Rule 5 draft this December, so the Cardinals can put him on the 40-man in September, bring him up, and keep him there all the way through spring if they want -- and that does use or burn an option. However, it does take up a spot on the 40-man roster if the Cardinals want to have some movement there in the fall before having to protect O'Neill. That, and showing off their acquisition, will play into the decision.
Lance Lynn will get the equivalent of a late second-round, early third-round pick -- at the minimal. If the Cardinals are able to create a market for him and a team really wants him, then you could see that inch up from there. Marco Gonzales got a top-100 prospect -- but also came with a lot more years of control than Lynn and his two months. It seems more likely that Lynn will draw a solid performer, a complement at this point, one that exceeds the value the Cardinals put on the comp pick they're losing or the Cardinals won't make that deal.
You did play in Memphis everyday. Hit a career high for homers. Was part of a team -- a big part of a team -- that is now 30 games over. There are 2 1/2 months remaining in the season, and there is spot playing time to be had in the majors for you. Also, you bat is most welcome in the role you now have. That was something missing for the Cardinals. That was something they needed. So, welcome the majors.
I cannot think of a reasonable reason.
The reliever? No chances.
My mom's alma mater, mostly. Surprised they don't have a sign that says, Home of Paul DeJong.
That's the consideration the Cardinals have to give. And no. He'll go for the multi-year deal. Qualifying offer is just a one-year offer. He can do better.
They will entertain offers, yes.
That's not a guarantee. Not at all.
Nope. Just another day on the beat with delayed flights or cancelled outright. Been in a taxi twice, a shuttle twice, and a rental car for the drive. All good now. Lovely weather you've been having.
Questions from 2013 checking in.
Well, actually, he's here now and he's open to a conversation so that's a head start on when he's a free agent and doesn't have to be open to the conversation because he can choose where he talks.
He does not, no. Flustered does not leap to mind with Mike Leake. Frustrated, sure. Who isn't around the Cardinals these days? Pretty frustrated bunch. But flustered? Nope, not Leake.
He has a no-trade clause.
The abundance of outfielders and lefties in the bullpen make it entirely likely that Mozeliak/Girsch do some de-cluttering -- that was the term, right? -- of the roster in the coming week. They are considering moves that would reduce the redundancy.
The doors are closed, and this may come as a shock -- they're closed in my face, sometimes. But, yes, Mozeliak has maintained steadfast support of Matheny, and this past week when asked what response and what responsibility Matheny had for ongoing mistakes (i.e., covering bases and being thrown out on the bases), Mozeliak acknowledged that had to be part of "the discussion." But he stressed that the root was in the roster, the root was in the clubhouse, and he was eager to see the reaction the players had to their chronic mistakes and the losses that followed. That was when he volunteered the "clubhouse shakeup" and "attitude and culture" quote that you probably read. I asked him if it's the manager that sets both of the those things, and he agreed, but not that it fell to the manager alone.
Tommy Pham plays with an edge. He draws strength from that, from people doubting him and moving him aside and dropping him in the lineup or not playing him in center. That's his motivation.