There has been no chatter in this direction. Both sides have told me that they don't expect a reunion. Trevor Rosenthal has been working out in St. Louis, throwing here recently, and he will soon have a showcase/tryout for teams to come see him throw. The Cardinals will, of course, attend, and maybe the stance changes, but when I checked earlier this season the two sides seemed to be looking in other directions.
One thing that is different is the length of his rehab assignment. He didn't pop down, make a tuneup, and zip back. He threw 17 innings in his most recent rehab stint and was able to complete the schedule of a starter twice during that time. He tested recovery, he tested his resilience, and a big part of this was he got to know whether his third pitch and his 53rd pitch and his 83rd pitch were going to be the same. That is a test-drive he didn't take earlier this season, and it was done this time on purpose to help answer some of the questions he carried with him before he did so in a major-league game. To me, that's a significant difference.
He is, yes. Part of the team moving on. He went 3-2 with 13 saves in 16 opportunities and a 3.68 ERA for the Redbirds in 48 games.
Some. Not much. It was going to happen eventually. They are going to have to go past their career highs at some point. It's now they do that that matters. And it's not just innings. It's stress innings. That's what teams track as much as innings or pitches thrown. Not all are created equal, and it's one of the reasons why you see teams yank young starters after four innings or after five innings or after 75 pitches in four innings because they wanted to avoid/limit the stress innings and they see innings shaved off a start at that moment an inning saved for later.
It's a 25-man roster for that one game, and yep it does not include five or even four starters.
Of those two options, it would be DeJong. The Cardinals will look outside the team for possibilities at shortstop, and that would include Iglesias, the glove-first shortstop at Detroit, and a phone call to the Angels to see what they want to do with Simmons. Garcia is about to price his way out of the utility role, in the same way Descalso did, and that opens up the way for Munoz to be in that role, competing for more or sliding into that Zobrist-style that we see so often. Gyorko has a fit until Cardinals add an infielder to that left side, and then it would be smart business for Cardinals to see what return they could get.
Colorado still has an edge, but they've let some of it soften during this home stand. I remain confounded by the Dodgers -- who are loaded with talent, for sure, but play a scattered brand of baseball. I believe I picked the Dodgers to win the division at the start of the season and Colorado to win the wild card, so I should stick with that, right? Otherwise why make the predictions?
Oops, nope. Didn't get Colorado into the predictions. Hold on.
Matt Bowman has been on the DL in Class AAA Memphis for about a month. Hasn't been able to get over the issue he's had all season. Trevor Rosenthal's situation was discussed earlier in the chat. Please scroll back ...
It wasn't like that at all. JD Martinez's price tag was not met by 30 teams all offseason. It wasn't like teams ignored him. Heck, numerous teams engaged in negotiations and chased a contract with him. His agent set a price, once again played the market with his signature patience, and allowed his client to wait until that offer came. To say teams "ignored" him is disingenuous. The market was weird, and teams thought they could squeeze it to the lowest price available. What Dombrowski did was meet the price. The other teams didn't miss anything on Martinez -- except a willingness to meet that price. Baseball thought he was a good hitter who was going to command more years and more commitment to dollars down the road. He signed a five-year, $110-million deal and he's in Year 1. Maybe Boston can call it a wash after one year -- that this one year was worth $110 million, but I doubt it. Most teams cannot, and that's what teams did the opposite of ignore -- they fixated on.
They do. They have set Jack Flaherty up to be available that day unless he's needed for Game 162, and if he's needed for Game 162, then Miles Mikolas could be made available depending on that last week of the regular season. They made this clear with the recent flip-flop.
Great question. I have learned never to doubt to Ankiel. He's lefthanded. Hes going to have to get in pitching shape. That means he's probably going to deal with some soreness in that elbow and what that means and how he reacts will tell us a lot. Let's go with this: 66/34 that he scores an invite to some team's major-league spring training.
He more consistent with a third pitch. That he can throw in the strike zone. That doesn't get ignored like J.D. Martinez wasn't this past offseason.
I see where you're coming from, but you mentioned two of the names that I did -- players who the Cardinals will at least consider and could chase this winter. So you can see how that plays. Also, don't make this a binary choice. It's not DeJong vs. Shortstop X for production -- it's an aggregate team picture. So it's left side of the infield defense and offense vs. new-look left side of the infield defense and offense. Look at the scope of the team and what that tradeoff would be -- and if it improves the team, there you go.
Yes. It better. That team the Cardinals saw in LA was a mess, scrambling and unsteady.
Because he's the best option to win. He has done nothing but prove that he's ready.
Ken? That would be something.
He is very much in the neutral ground between the Molina Highway and the Knizner Expressway. Absolutely. I don't get the sense the Cardinals have "damaged" his trade value. He's still considered one of the finer defensive catcher prospects in baseball, and a scout recently told me how he could see a third or so teams that would start Carson Kelly, even as a glove-first, calling-games catcher. The Cardinals could find an interested team, for sure, and get some return. There wasn't really a time that he was going to be a centerpiece of a deal. And he would still be part of a larger deal if the Cardinals try to stitch that together. Cardinals need to make a call in November: Is Francisco Pena the backup going forward and do they give him the spot on the 40-man roster to keep control of him? If so, then it may be time to move Kelly because Knizner is on the rise and Kelly splitting time with Knizner in Memphis does not make much sense for either catcher's development.
Absolutely that's part of it. Good point. But don't misread the motivation here. We spoke earlier in the chat about the innings piling up on the young starters and starters like Mikolas and one of the things Shildt is doing with the blessing/encouragement of the front office is limiting those innings are on the front end. It's a big part of why Tyson Ross is out in the bullpen and Poncedeleon, too, for that matter, and it's so they can steal innings off starters' workload during games. We see them doing that. And the bullpen, with its former starters out there, is supposed to handle that while not straining the late-inning options.