It makes a so much sense. So, so much sense. So does Carpenter at second, behind Fowler. All of those variations make sense.
A Kyle Lohse-like move makes tons of sense for the Cardinals. But, I want to caution you, that will take patience on their end -- and also not please a lot of the fans in the chats who want a move now, now, now, now, yesterday, now, now now. Lohse was signed in March. The Cardinals never once hid (at least internally) from the need for a starting pitcher. Heck, at one point Mozeliak even told folks, "We can always find pitching." Well, they did with Lohse, and they had the ability and patience to wait out the market to come to them. Same thing could happen this year, and work out.
Sure. Could see almost any variation of starter as long as he's someone who covers innings and can fill in that No. 3/4 profile. Would free up Wacha and Weaver not to be that guy -- but possibly be much more. Or let Wainwright be in that role and possibly be much more. You get the idea. A bankable starter that allows for the starter who outpitches his role to shove the Cardinals beyond contention. That kind of thing.
There is a still a risk that could work out for a team looking to get him on a short-term deal. What would give me pause -- and this is no small thing -- is Sabathia has long talked about wanting to go the west coast, and it's some place his career has never taken him. He even thought he was headed there years ago when the Yankees lured him to the East Coast. Could see now given the chance to choose where to go he finds a deal that is geographically preferable, not just years and money. He's at that stage of his career where players pursue rings and things like location. And he missed that chance last time.
Michael Wacha's 2017 season should be widely lauded as a strong season, a reassuring season, exactly the season he set out to have and did. No doubt. Too often -- and this includes ink-stained chatters like myself -- we compare Wacha to the best he has ever been, back in October 2013, and wonder why why why he cannot replicate that, reach back to that level, get up to that speed of performance. Maybe that's peak Wacha. Maybe. Had David Freese stayed around with the Cardinals would he forever be compared to two nights in the spotlight of October? If Wacha can be a reliable, durable starter who puts up the numbers like you talk about there -- shave a bit off the WHIP, trim back that ERA only just a little bit, maybe mix in a 3.50 every other year or so -- then you're talking about a super-valuable member of the rotation. Is that Wacha 2013? No. But that's a Wacha that can help the Cardinals win.
Cubs will move on from Lackey. That seems to be their plan.
I would prefer to keep my hat. I like my hat.
Actually, I've changed my mind. I'm not hopping on any bandwagons. They're too bumpy. And the cacophony of I TOLD YOU SO'S is deafening.
I think Aledmys Diaz has the talent to be a starter and contributor for a winning team in Major League Baseball. What he did in 2016, and the ability he has as a hitter are the reasons I believe this. I am not convinced that the Cardinals see the same thing -- or are willing to give him the playing time to find out. That's true.
Mike Matheny will enter 2018 with more pressure to produce and perform and create a playoff-bound team than at any point in his career with the manager. The runway is running out, as they say around the Cardinals' front office. Take off, or turn around.
It is a great hat. It's got a touch of the state flag. And, yes, I've had to explain a few times during spring training that, no, it is not in violation of the MLB rule regarding logos. It's not a Cubs hat. It's not a Cubs hat. It doesn't look anything like a Cubs hat.
He's got some value because his deal is so, so team friendly. Still got four years of control, and he hasn't even entered into the arbitration area of the deal yet, and he can play the infield. There's a place for him on almost every team.
Not enough to make you happy.
Wish I had more reason to use it. Haven't seen much play deserving of it in a few years.