Under. That looks a lot like this year's team, and this year's team is a .500 team.
It does, yes. Those comments put a big damper on several teams' plans.
He did not. Pham did. Said he got "kicked like a soccer ball."
Enjoy. Not sure I could get away with that at the ballpark.
Those first baseman are rare in the game and hard to find and teams keep them when they do. Look around. Rizzo, not going anywhere. Goldschmidt, not going anywhere. Votto, hard to see him going somewhere right now. Bellinger, ha, right. The closest you're going to get to a player at that position who makes an impact and could be trade is Myers, and a few hours ago we explored all the ways that is hard to the Padres doing at this point. Even then, Myers is the tier down from what you're talking about. I had a conversation with a GM a few years ago about Xavier Scruggs. He was raking at Class AAA and he was hitting for power and -- well, he played first base. The GM told me that one of the reasons why Scruggs wasn't zooming to the majors was how he played a position "where the MVPs play." He challenged me to look at the OPS leaders in the majors and see how many are 1B. That's the production needed from that position on most teams, and when they get it they don't do anything to lose it.
Hudson maybe. Outside chance. Wouldn't put these odd as strong at all.
I'm not sure I agree. Late bloomers exist, especially when there is a reason like his health and eyesight that it took so long to happen. I'm counting on late bloomers being real. Gives me hope.
Fewer and fewer. Donaldson still out there.
Yes. Good question. Jeff Gordon is set to host the chat next week on July 31, the deadline day. That's the plan right now. I'll be manning the blogs and phones for news and analysis, and the columnists will be contributed their thoughts on moves -- or non-moves.
Heard this past weekend in Chicago that there has been multiple teams checking on Pham's availability via trade. The Cardinals were getting feelers on him.
At age 28, he had been in 19 films. Starred in a few. That's pretty blooming good.
Fair question. We've been talking in terms of that bat that fits at a position and would add to the middle of the order -- not replace a Pham. I want to stress this was just brainstorming different directions Cardinals could go and thinking out the reality with what we know -- not that the Cardinals are looking at this specific bat. He has an away OPS of .879 away from Petco Park. That's something.
Given some of the reporting I've done in the past few weeks to get a sense of how that market might look, yes. I wouldn't rule out the Cardinals making a play for him, but I've heard a few times that he may not be a fit for them, may not look to be a fit for him. A lot can change between now and then, and the biggest reason a player signs at all is money. So maybe this view is positioning, poker at this point.
Hummel is clutch, and clutch is everything.
Probably. It's something that players and the manager have brought up, and it is certainly something Mabry did well and thought a lot about. In fact, Mabry has been called in to talk with pinch-hitters about how to prepare for that role and get ready during the game even before he was the hitting coach.