The bridge weeks. The last week of workouts, first week of games. Best time. By far.
I think Aledmys Diaz made the Cardinals better last season. Yes, there's something to be said about how the infield was thrown into a tilt-a-whirl as a result of Peralta's injury. The Cardinals left spring training without their grounding at shortstop. But Diaz was a force at the plate. He was some verve and bounce and energy to a team that really lacked it at times. Diaz showed what can happen when there's a commitment to young players with upside. Sure, there are some down periods, sure there is going to be a learning curve, but there is also a pay off when a young player gets a chance. The Cardinals were forced to take that chance. Peralta would have helped, no doubt, but the two wins had to come from somewhere else, because I think Diaz gave the team a boost.
It was incredible. I was really struck by the soul that it brought to his songs and to the symphony. Great venue. Fun was had by all. I thought one of the best moments was when Nelly talked about coming to Powell as a kid and how he was third-grader, fourth-grade excited about being on that stage.
I was the lead in the senior musical, man. I've got pipes.
This quantifies the description that Bench and others have said, and we've written. He's accumulating the honors that lead to induction. Another Gold Glove, another title -- all of that adds to his case.
Simmons should have been in long ago.
I believe you're asking rhetorically.
Wacha said about the same thing. He's realistic about this.
Oh, we're starting this again? Dormant for 2016, awake for 2017.
Inevitably the leadoff hitter for the Chicago Cubs.
The Cardinals also dream of Arenado, and know that it's a dream. Frazier and Longoria are the two older third baseman who could become available. Frazier certainly be. Machado is the superstar third baseman on the horizon that is going to reach free agency (likely) and there will be a frenzy for him. Not sure how the Cardinals plug the gap to be a player in that market, but maybe a trade move for one of the above players does that. Bridges the years. Still, bidding wars haven't been their thing. Both markets are thin, but a look into the trade market offers more variety, and if the Cardinals can get some of their younger prospects to really excel this year then they are in a place to make a deal for a third baseman, perhaps even one who could be there for a few years and hit in the middle of the order.
A question that will be asked in the opening days of spring. There has been no answer yet.
Shortstop would prove problematic. Two injuries to starting pitchers would undo their chances.
I highly doubt that. But thanks for saying so.
He is really embracing this one. He sees first as possible his best defensive position, one where he really thinks he can help the team improve defensively. He also joked that it seems like he is always saying what he's supposed to about the changes, about leadoff, about second, about this and about that, but that he really has that feel this time that first base is going to be mutually advantageous.
Dave Stewart once said that he woke up every day and the sun was a little brighter because Paul Goldschmidt was on his team. Always dug that quote. Goldschmidt is a franchise first baseman and the Cardinals have not had that since Pujols left, and franchise first basemen are often MVP candidates. They are also increasingly rare, it seems. We're in the cycle of shortstops now, and a chance to score a 1B would be tempting, regardless of the cost. I'm not so sure that the D-Backs would move him. They do need some cornerstone to rebuild around, and that's the guy.
Nick is one of the great ones out there, as you say, and it's a honor to call him a friend of the podcast. He'd have a better feel on this than me, but from afar it appears the D-Backs have more contracts and players they'd move to build around Goldschmidt, not to build without him.
Newspaper reimbursements change from paper to paper, media site to media site. There is no blanket, catch-all policy. That is also true for dinner with someone who is needed for a story.
No cap. Just a general target. They'd like to see him in that 150-175 and they will be proactive to save him innings in the middle so that he's available when needed at the end.
Sorry to disappoint. Again.
He's a different player than Heyward. Way different at the plate.
With a strong performance -- 200 innings, similar ERA, 30+ starts -- you're exactly right. Martinez would be in the Quintana realm, or at least what the Sox are trying to get for Quintana. In short: The World.
I have not been, no. As explained early: He takes promises to young players rather serious. Lip service can be a problem in baseball. Players see right through it. You've see that. Mozeliak likes to avoid it whenever possible.