Missed moves, mostly. Landing deals on the mid-shelf, not reaching for the star -- and risk getting burned by it.
They do not. They do not have the Chapman or Miller to do what the Yankees did. And if they did have those players they should totally do what the Yankees have done -- what are they waiting for?! But they don't have those type of players, and they really don't have a team like the Cubs sniffing an end to their suffering and eager to make whatever move necessary. The Cardinals have tried to trade Carlos Martinez before -- they did a year ago, and they did again this past winter -- and the interest they've received would suggest nothing like you imagine. Not huge return. Not like they need. Gant has done well, but he's not the Miller or Chapman level either. Think in those terms.
I get that. But here we are again with the Backup Quarterback Syndrome. It's really easy to dream on the player who hasn't failed yet. Tommy Edman is currently batting .283/.309/.547 for an .856, and you seem to be suggesting based on the small spurt of playing time that not only is that what he's capable of doing but that you'll guarantee that he will get better. That's a big bet. He has 10 strikeouts for every walk he has in the majors. That is, he has one walk in the majors and 10 strikeouts. He's being tested, challenged, and eventually the league will adjust and he'll have to keep up. He hasn't failed yet, and guess what he will. He will fail. Carpenter has failed, and guess what, guess what, he has also succeeded. I get what you're saying, I do. It's a lot easier to think about the future performance of a player when he has no past performance because everything is rosy and sunny and there's no track record of failure because there's no track record. Edman has a .856 career OPS in 55 plate appearances in the majors and a .769 OPS in 1,597 plate appearances in the minors. Carpenter has a .837 career OPS, and in the past -- yes, past -- five-plus seasons including this one when he's struggled he's got an .853 OP in 2,856 ABs. Potential is a beautiful thing. Production is better.
Oh, he does. Yes. Indeed. He's a "no quarter" guy, too.
Cardinals will give Carlson a chance to win a job next year, but their preference is to not have two openings or two questions in the outfield. Bader, O'Neill still have time here to prove their part of that solution. Otherwise, outside they'll look. Again.
Welcome to the chat. Yesterday is forgotten. Today is old news. Tomorrow is boring. Bring on next year.
But baseball writers are sure tougher than hockey writers. Yeah, pass that along to Jim Thomas. Let's mix it up around here. Let's go. I'll go into the corners. I'll take a few chops in front of the net. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are a grind -- punishing two months of travel and deadlines and the like. Cute. Baseball does that seven months of the season. Bring it on, Puckheads.
They don't want to down cycle. They don't want to do what it takes to step back every few years to step ahead as a contender for a series of years. They want to be there year in, year out, and they don't draft as high, and they churn free agents as much, and so on.
I do when asked. But that's not really my job. I'm not a columnist. I'm a beat writer. I work the beat, and when you ask for my view, I offer it. Otherwise, the definition of my job is to convey and explore and challenge and illustrate what the team is thinking -- or when they won't share that, find out why. I figure you come to the chat for information, not for me to just scatter my opinions to the winds. You want reporting. That's the beat.
One trade stands out. I'm not sure of another.
It's different. We all see that.
I think they were pretty bummed about Sunday, too. I wasn't there. But I heard.
The Rays would just like to be able to call one city their home, I guess.
Cardinals could use Pham, yes. I missed where that was the argument. Of course they miss him.
Good for him. Sometimes the harshest words are necessary to get the most attention.
No. That would be a silly way to do my job. It's not how it works.