Cardinals really, really hope it's Delvin Perez. Could be Machado.
That was not my read at all. He was pointed, clearly perturbed by what he saw in the game -- and concerned by what he may see the reaction be in the clubhouse. And that's not just players.
Yes, I was. I thought he might get the call ahead of Brebbia, and then Brebbia has done so well here that he held onto the role and the circulation of relievers has not yet brought Montgomery up. Tuivailala is more like to be recalled at this point because he's on the roster. But, he would be recalled and then likely just sit and be rarely used. That's the thing about his bullpen setup. There's one extra reliever in a role that the Cardinals purposefully do not use. There are only a handful of relievers that do get regular use, and even though they aren't supposed to be in these fixed roles, they kind of are, and breaking free of those roles even with excellent work like Brebbia and Lyons have had at times is tricky. So, it would be great for Montgomery to be in the majors and getting that paycheck, but there's little evidence from what we've seen of how the bullpen is used that he would contribute much.
It was not. It was decoration. Sometimes a duck is a duck.
Sure. Any time they are actively looking into what Lynn could get in return they are focused more on what to get for an asset nearing the end of a contract and that, by tradition, is a seller.
Spoke to him in Florida recently and he was enjoying himself, working with the young players and trying to keep them engaged with the game. At one point he went out and took leads off first base with Delvin Perez and others and tried to help them read the pitcher's move to the plate. It was good to see him moving around like that and having a blast.
O'Neill, according to the scouting reports I've read and folks I've talked to, has the higher ceiling because he's a corner outfielder with the power to match and the middle-order upside. A modern middle order hitter in a lot of ways, and yes that comes with strikeouts. Bader has the more predictable career -- the more reliable course here, and that would be the higher floor. His bandwidth, as some in baseball are now saying, is narrower. Makes him a valuable player for a contending team, and it could mean he's the next Tommy Pham who does what he can with the opportunity presented and may never let it go.
Are you hearing that from Stanton? Or from someone quoting Stanton? Otherwise, tread lightly,
To bring back Randal Grichuk. Who hit three homers in three days.
They have moves that are considered ownership-level decisions. So, you're talking the big free-agent moves. When it comes to trades, DeWitt is involved because he's interested. He has advertised his fondness for the minor-leagues and the prospects and what the Cardinals have done there to replenish and restock the farm system. He once told me a story about how on the eve of the Holliday trade, back in 2009, as Mozeliak was making the deal, he was at his own going from web page to web page, report to report looking over the details on the minor-league players being moved. He was wondering what they would become, what they were moving. He gets into the details on this stuff, and yes he has the power to veto such a move, but he also doesn't need to sign off on these deals.
The inability of the top three batters in the lineup -- Fowler, Diaz, and Carpenter, in that order -- to produce to their career norms put the Cardinals where they are today, sub-.500 and slipping. The OBP monsters expected did not provide and that left other areas exposed or unfortified.
8-2, maybe. I'm not even being flip. Could be 9-1.
Depends on what they get offered for Carlos Martinez.
An intriguing fit for sure. Costly with his contract -- and I mean prospect costly. But worth a call, and someone that the Cardinals have certainly explored internal discussions about how he'd fit. All that keeps him from being that obvious target is how long his contract is, how much control costs, and how that still makes him a fit for the meandering Padres.