That would be an astonishing surprise. And Matheny's anthem lineup would take on a new dimension.
We'll see. That's why I find it intriguing. The way the Cardinals described the job in the press conference, and I have since had it described to me sounds a lot like a "pitching coordinator" more than a pitching coach. And that means someone at the controls, regardless of who walks out to the mound to make the move. One thing is for sure, the Cardinals are going to want more conversation in the dugout about moves, and if there is a trust that develops between Matheny and the new coach then it's a better situation when it comes to moves.
Wasn't that the question?
There are on truths to that. What the New York Mets said, according to a report in The New York Daily News, is that they wanted to find a manager out of the Matheny mold.
This was covered in the Post-Dispatch as well, because it's the same thing that happened with Jaime Garcia and led to his free agency at an early time then his statistics would seem to indicate. Reyes' injury happened while he was on the active major-league roster and thus, by rule, he cannot be removed from that roster for the sake of altering or rigging his service time. He got a whole year of MLB service time as a result. Now, if they had optioned him to minor-league camp in March and the injury happened during a game on the back fields, he would have only lost an option year and still be six years of control. Didn't happen that way. And once the injury happens there are rules and punishments for trying to circumnavigate those rules. So, Reyes has five years of control left.
Scroll back through the chat on details about the outfielders, at least one of whom will be moved.
I do not agree with this statement. The math, sure. The argument, not one iota.
That hasn't been discussed, no.
It's an interesting thought exercise, right? How much flexibility does one roster really need and what kind of commitment to a specific kind of lineup can a team make. I actually think that six years of Martinez and Hosmer at that rate might be more restrictive than what's remaining on the Stanton deal because you're talking about two players, riveted in place, vs. just the one. What happens if Hosmer and Martinez both don't have the longevity necessary -- and you've got these two late-30s players stuck in the lineup, pillars that have been negotiated around with their bulk deals and starting jobs. Compare that to the idea of moving around or just flat-out moving one deal. It's an interesting discussion, because what would be more appealing is ONE of those deals, and then even two, three shorter deals for players who could help now but not get in the way of future rosters, future lineups, should this one not work.
Only if the infield is Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.
December. Disney World. Be still my heart.
I don't have any siblings, so I'm always appreciative of someone thinking I'm worthy of a "bro."
Amazing what the right kind of bat can do to lengthen a lineup. Yep. Saw this with a guy named Holliday, too, back in 2009. Or Rolen years before that. Or Martinez in the desert. And so on.
Solid depth starter, who is going to get a run as one of those No. 6 or No. 7 starters in 2018. He's going to make some cameo starters and bring some needed innings to the mix.
Try to work out a two-year deal that is mutually advantageous. It's been done before.
It's an important question, and one that took on a new dimension coming out of spring training this past season. If you polled the clubhouse, the press box, the front office, and the coaches' office in the final weeks of March 2017, you would have probably heard universally agreement that the Cardinals had a strong spring training and were leaving it playing a better brand of baseball than they had at any point in 2016. No doubt. They had crisp games. The Fowler-led lineup was working as imagined. The pitching was coming together. Piscotty and his swing seemed to be the biggest question market. Even Jhonny Peralta seemed to have found some strength, some bounce there coming out of March. They were the team they intended to be and they were playing with an upbeat, sharp defense that they needed.
And then April happened.
One of the great questions left unanswered by the 2017 Cardinals was what happened from the time they left Jupiter, Fla., to the time they arrived at Busch Stadium for opening day. The hole they dug came fast and it went deep, and the faulty play that they showed in that first month was a stark contrast to the kind of play they had in Florida. And don't buy into the theory people want to peddle about the younger players being a big part of that. The steals? Yes, those were the young players. But the vibe of the offense and the play of the defense -- those were the Fowlers, Wongs, Carpenters, and Diaz's of the world, not the youngsters. The slow starts of Fowler, Carpenter, and others seems to have invited a doubt that the Cardinals just didn't have in Florida. Things unwound from there.
It is absolutely possible. That could be the next evolution of his career.
Again, I can't possible know what the fans base has or hasn't heard. I'm going to stick with the reporting that the PD has done and point people in that direction, and when a new name surfaces -- here or elsewhere -- I'll do my best to confirm and explain the likelihood of that move. That's what I can offer. If you have other suggestions on how I can do all of this better, I'm all ears.
I have not gotten a sense from the Cardinals that they are interested in Hosmer to a degree beyond their interest in any of the free agents. That is to say, I have not heard from the Cardinals anything to indicate they don't have any interest (as I have with a few free agents) or that they intend to be ultra-aggressive with their pursuit of him (as I have with trade options). What I have been told is how there is a view from people close to Hosmer's camp that he's a good fit for the Cardinals and that he would entertain a chance to talk with the Cardinals about a deal that could be worked out. I have, at various times in the past few months, been told that Hosmer is "the type of player they need" and "the kind of player that has been missing from their lineup" and "the move that would make both parties better."