Alright. You might see some questions and answers streaming in here any minute. The phone was a little sluggish, so I found a place to switch to the laptop. Away we go, live from Cleveland, where Game 6 of the World Series will be tonight. Oh, and here they come ...
He would absolutely have to have buy-in to make it work. And so would the players. It would take a coordination between the front office (this is why we got him) and the dugout (this is how we'll use him) to pull it off. It's possible that if the Cardinals had two relievers like this -- two multi-inning guys it would make it more likely Matheny would use one so as not to save him for a moment that never happens. That is an issue -- because in the past we've seen relievers set for roles, but those roles don't arrive or Matheny doesn't elect to use them when that role comes up. Matheny is welcome to rethinking relief (see: use of Oh), but you hit on the crux of it: doing it must follow talking about it.
As the sides work toward a new CBA -- the commissioner said it could be completed during the World Series or shortly after; the GM meetings, for example -- there hasn't been much talk about the DH from either side, the leagues or the union. Just this past January, the commissioner and the union described how the DH in the NL was "gathering momentum." That echoed comments that Tony Clark, the union chief, made to The Post-Dispatch the previous spring. There seemed to be more willingness to discuss it -- and it also offered a bargaining chip. The international draft has become more of a talking point in the weeks leading up to a CBA agreement. The DH in the NL we haven't heard much about in the past month.
To your point on timing, both sides hope the CBA is completed in the near future allowing teams plenty of time to adjust.
My tone was probably related to timing. There's not a big trade coming this afternoon or tomorrow, and I understand that there's a lot of eagerness to see it. MLB frowns on teams making moves during the World Series -- or making news at all. The GM meetings offer a different stage. There deals are discussed. There conversations are had about available players. There things do get moving. My tone was perhaps an offer of patience. I understand that folks want answers now, want moves now, want gossip and rumors and speculation now -- and it's the same every year. But it's also the same every year that things really start moving once the World Series done. I bet the Cardinals would like to have some of the things you want, but there is a pace to the offseason and each year we are reminded how baseball follows it.
The Cardinals will make a legitimate inquiry into acquiring a CF. The cost could be significant depending on the CF they find available. That market is still going to develop. They have a wish list, to be sure, but those targets are all based on what they cost. And the Cardinals cannot impose a trade on another team.
Ozuna makes more sense. Haven't heard any reason why Miami would trade Stanton.
To win tonight, the Cubs would have to defy history. The last 10 teams to fall behind 3-1 in the World Series have all lost the World Series -- and not one got the Series to a Game 7. The last to do that was the 1985 Kansas City Royals against the Cardinals. (With a little help.)
I thought the Cubs would win this series and their pitching would pay off. So I'll stick to that.
I'll probably be wrong.
That's a very difficult produce to sell to a fanbase that has expected a contending team and for a team that has advertised always being in contention. The Cardinals have made a playoff push part of their sales pitch and part of their identify and the slip in ticket sales and attendance late in the season were a reminder that if they're going to hinge their payroll to their ticket sales -- TV bump is coming, though -- then they need to provide the product that the fans expect. That's a contender, not a rebuild.
If there's a DH, they could always revisit with Holliday later. Nothing stopping them.
The Royals are an interesting team to watch this winter as they reset their place and realize that some of those salaries are going to grow to a place they would prefer avoid. KC has different payroll restraints than the Cardinals, for sure, and they'll have to look to trade and replenish. Cain would be of interest, and he's about to make $11 million in the coming year and then become a free agent. A deal like that would be similar to Heyward, right on the eve of free agency.
The winter meetings. The GM meetings have lay the groundwork for moves.
David Bell being considered for the Arizona manager role is one of the reasons there's been a delay, apparently.
Yes. Things haven't changed. Cardinals would like to see what CFs are available.
Indeed. Always does. And don't forget the defense that good pitching needs.
No. Mozeliak knows that he can either answer the question directly or have the media and the fans figure out it out and write it on their own. He can't hide from the roster. It's rather apparent where the team could go to improve itself -- and this has been something written about and reported on and talked about going back 11 months. It's not the first time that he's been so blunt about his wish list. He did so about the righthanded hitting infielder they wanted last winter (Gyorko) about the lefty specialist they wanted a few years ago (Choate) about the cleanup hitter they wanted to get to protect Pujols (Holliday). These are needs that aren't secret, so why should he be about seeking a fix?
Hardly. This doesn't have much to do with Grichuk as it does trying to find a better aggregate setup for the outfield. If you get a CF better than Grichuk for center than you improve the defense in the outfield by having a CF in LF and a plus fielder in RF. That's the idea. If there isn't a CF that they can get, then of course they'll look to LF and stick with Grichuk in CF. That was not ruled out. They just articulated their preference to improve the overall outfield defense and alter the look of the lineup with the addition of a CF.
Tony La Russa picked his staff with input from the front office on internal candidates and preferred candidates that could be signed. Matheny has a say on his staff and has gained more say when it comes to who to pursue or sign as coaches, and the front office does the same before -- offering preferences when it comes to internal candidates, returning coaches, and who a deal can be reached with.
At last check, the believe was the Cardinals are leaning toward picking up the option. They still intend to see what the trade market is like for Garcia and that could be this winter or this spring, depending on their own need for a starter.
I don't see it that way. A QO is a chance to secure a draft pick. He will have a chance at a multi-year deal out there, for sure. If he accepts it then he's in the same role that he had and the Cardinals have a power bat for three spots. I don't see the roster as suddenly cemented even if Moss does the unlikely and say yes.
Yeah. Short memories, evidently. For a podcast that I hope to post in the near future, this is discussed at length -- how the 2011 Cardinals were doing what 2016 Cleveland is doing and just without as much fanfare or an Andrew Miller to really get attention.
Reputation has always been a part of the Gold Glove Awards. It has a lot to do with who votes on that award. The voters tend to stick with what they have seen and what they've heard and the name they recognize for having a reputation of great defense.