Way more likely that the first two move -- they're in play -- than the last one.
First, Mozeliak was on the trip in both Pittsburgh and Chicago. So, he was the voice at Wrigley and he was available to answer to many of the things going on. Second, yes. This is not a surprise. This was outlined by them going into the promotions and into the July movement. Mozeliak is still calling the shots, and Girsch role and people he oversees and his voice is growing into the role he has.
Sure. But he's pricey for a backup at this point.
He said he found a weight at which he felt more comfortable, more durable, and he had the Cardinals' blessing to get there. Not that he really needed a blessing. But he did say that they spoke about it, and his comfort became the priority.
Please elaborate why either team involved in this scenario would do this trade.
The 20 losses they have in relief suggest that would go a long way to fixing the record.
Mike ... going to have to be more specific around here, now.
Wacha's might be a tick better depending on how much a team buys into what he's done to distance himself from last year's health concern. That's a chronic and can be a recurring injury, as we've seen. So, if a team has the buy-in then Wacha has the years of control that are really appealing and really valuable in the game.
Mostly because he's a free agent, and the Cardinals see this as a chance to gain value from him (more than a comp pick) before he walks away and leaves them anyway.
Players are just now arriving at the ballpark, or will be in the next 90 minutes. So, there hasn't been a chance for the team get a sense of how he feels at this moment, right now, this second.
They've looked elsewhere. Their eyes haven't been only trained on Miami, and nor have the reports been that they've only looked at Miami. This is all about whether they can take advantage of a team that wants to sell now and the limited amount of teams that would be interested to pull off a move that could be more abundant in the offseason, but also more costly with more rivals. An example would be Yelich. If he goes on the market now, there would be a lot of eager suitors, but there is a clock ticking toward the deadline, and they'd separate themselves real quick. In the winter, there would be as many -- if not more -- suitors for Yelich and with no clock the Marlins can generate the bidding for offers.
He does. Long time chatters can sing along with me now: They are setting defensive alignments, pickoffs, throw-overs, etc.
The headline was quoting a quote that was repeated a few times in the clubhouse after yesterday's game. It was one that Matheny specifically said several times. Once he said it when I asked whether the team they had needed help to be this team they talk about -- because standings don't lie. They're a .500 team -- or sub .500 -- with the way they play and the team they have, so if they're going to be this good team, this contending team that they want to be then it implies they're going outside to improve, no? The story goes into greater detail than the headline.
What you should see is a starting rotation that pitches well, an offense that gives the pitching zero margin for error, and a bullpen that has made those errors to the tune of 20 losses.
Again, standings don't lie.
Duke was not readily available Saturday. Lyons and Brebbia not being used was curious.
It was a Seattle looking for pitching move. It was a front office move. And the Cardinals were working to clear from their depth to add to an area they feel they lacked: power like O'Neill's. It also creates some depth for another move that would clear a similar player or a player who also plays outfield from the Cardinals' roster. So, it had a twofold benefit as his weekend plays out. I don't see why they would add O'Neill and move O'Neill. More likely they'll add O'Neill and move someone else to move O'Neill up the depth chart.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.
Or something like that.
Consider for a moment how many transactions the Cardinals have made with outfielders this season. Jose Martinez has been up and back already this month. Mangeuris Sierra came up from High-A to the majors. Randal Grichuk up and down and back and DL'd and back. Chad Huffman up and back. Tommy Pham down to start and then up and now shouldn't go back down again. And so on. What do most of those players have in common? They were all on the 40-man roster. Sierra, et. al., had already burned their options for the year, and in Huffman's case he was a depth move that the Cardinals are less concerned about holding the control years. Bader is in a different spot. He's not on the 40-man roster. The Cardinals appeared poised to add him recently when there was the possibility of a longterm absence from one of the outfielders. But when the stint got shortened and the need was minimal, up came Sierra. It's clear that the Cardinals don't want to make that roster move with Bader until they have to, until there is playing time for him, or until the move doesn't have ramifications for this year as described with O'Neill earlier in the chat.
He did not, no. That was not the first question like that. We talked about it again, and he asked if I had some ulterior motive for asking, some gotcha I was going to spring. I assured him that I didn't have a preconceived answer. Could be anything. Benching. Talking. Nothing. Flipped tables. Changed schedules. More drills. Anything. The floor was open for an answer. It's entirely possible that he, and others in his position, believe such answers should only go to executives or people in uniform, and not the public. We've discussed here and in the dugout before his view of the press' role in the accountability of the team. Safe to say, we disagree. We see our jobs differently.
Nope. Lots of games left to cover, regardless of the standings. Those games don't go away. They still have to show up.