Security protocols are the driving force behind many of the changes afoot here in Jupiter. We are being located offsite as the Cardinals have decided that the media workroom is within a security perimeter that belongs to employees of the team and the players. Thus, for the time being, the in-house media and media relations staff is using the old media workroom. Other teams are handling it differently. The Marlins, who share the same complex and the same essential footprint, have maintained their media workroom onsite, and the Cardinals are believed to be the only team of the 30 with the media moved away. That is according to a poll The Post-Dispatch, BBWAA, and MLB.com have done to learn more about how new security measures are being implemented around the league. Access has not changed, just the mechanics of getting from workroom to said access.
It is important to divorce the setup here from the tone of recent comments. They are not related. There are new security practices throughout baseball, and they will continue into the regular season.
The recent comments about the media could be considered unrelated and judged for yourself.
Quick tidbit: Oh is leaving for Korea and WBC on Feb. 26. Cardinals want to get him in a game Feb. 25 for them.
Ballpark. Size of city. Potential riches of broadcast deal. So much. Teams are worth a lot.
That is a given at this point. That's the whole reason he's here, to open as the backup.
Or, there's a third option: They can continue spending, spending, spending on international players. They're well beyond the cap for this current signing period and are paying a dollar-for-dollar tax from here on until July 1. If they only set aside the $1.8 million they're losing on the draft picks, then that's still $900,000 in talent from somewhere in the international market. There are a few Cuban players that the Cardinals continue to eye and could make a run at if one, two, or all become available. That's the place to make up the lost talent. As far as trading Lynn ... the better return could be the draft pick for the QO, depending on how well Lynn is pitching and what teams need. Selling doesn't seem like the way to go.
They didn't even attend his throw the other day. They have is replacement in Bowman or Gant, and they are looking for the cheaper, younger, more control option not coming back from surgery.
Workouts usually start around 9 a.m. or 10 a.m., depending on the meetings and schedule for the day. The back fields are open, but we're all waiting to see how the new security procedures impact fans and whether it makes it impossible to get as close as you once did. There are fences going up on the back fields as we speak. Expect to be there through lunch, especially when the full squad arrives and takes the field. As far as lunch/dinner places go, I'll stick with the standards: Leftovers or Food Shack and Hurricane Wings. There are some new places around the ballpark that are going to be fun to try.
This does not smell sincere. And the math is wrong.
Excellent question, Bruce. It may in fact be the question of spring -- or the question of the season. The Cardinals see Carson Kelly as one of the top catching prospects in baseball. But they don't want to turn the position over him all the way, until they know he's ready for that. Ideally, they see an apprentice-type situation developing. That may not be ideal for Molina. He will force the team to have to decide -- the known quantity that is Molina, even if it's toward the end of his career, or the full, flying, leap of faith into Kelly. The team's preference is to have Molina in 2018, clearly, but that's not the choice they've got.
That will have to be addressed at some point, and the trade deadline offers one chance, and perhaps -- after what they learned this past winter with Eaton, et. al. -- a best chance to add the hitter they're going to need eventually.
At this point, nothing brewing. Mozeliak had not turned off his phone or stopped replying to emails about possible adds as spring opens, but he had not seen something that he wanted to be aggressive on, he said. Some of that is wanting to see what they have first. Schafer. Cunningham. Others. Bader. Martinez. The GM as been pretty consistent about wanting to tell the roster they have that there is a chance to win a job in the majors, and not then suddenly throw up a newcomer and make the team question how legit he was being with those comments. Better to let it play out, give the roster a chance to impress at this point, and then replace if no one grabs the opportunity.
Exactly. You outlined it well. Playing time -- and the chance to recreate value. If they go for a pillow deal -- that one-year chance to fluff value -- then he needs playing time to do it. Can't go into a one-year deal and play 80 games and try to score a starter's salary. That's the dance right now. And one of the things his agent can do is wait to see if there is an injury and then pounce. That's what Boras did, you'll recall, with Lohse. That didn't mean the biggest deal at that moment and maybe there was money left on the table, but the playing time meant all the world and Lohse made up the difference with a big contract months later.
Chris Lee will be. The professional will be here soon.
Sure. Reasonable. He's good.
Most of them are already here. They need to be in town by Thursday.
Yes. Outlined earlier for all of the moving parts.
I've heard that opinion around the ballpark, too. Especially about the commitment to a player and sending the message that he's valuable in a specific role, a needed role.
There is certainly peer pressure, yes. Some resist.
This is a question they'll have to ask. The answer today, is no, and rightly so. Molina sees himself as a catcher ready to lead the league in innings, and he wants to be that for several more years.
Yes. Also, there would be even if that trio returned. PH success was the outlier of 2016.
And what if it's not? That costs money on that bet. It could implode. But here's the truth: It's going to be better than it is now, and like I said that is part of the team's value. The next owner is going to benefit from an increase in the rights fees, and they'll pocket the national fees that all teams get and that too has increasing value. Plus there's the stream bucks, the MLB Network bonanza, and more and more.