I reported that, and the Cardinals just had no interest. None.
A legit one will develop if Wacha makes it happen. It's on Wacha.
We have a different view of big money then. The offer was not one that made sense for him to take, even with the injury risk. It was downright vulture for the team to try and pull off.
A force? I'm not sure. A factor? This year. Book it. They'll spoil a year for someone and their play toward the end of the season will decide who wins the division by toppling teams that entered the year better.
We're going to get Glengarry Glen Ross in this joint. You've been warned.
He's going to be the solid, feisty presence the Cardinals missed in the rotation last year, and that the Cubs had with John Lackey. You remember him?
Really good. Close to a lock. They're saving him a spot on the opening day roster.
I was suggesting there was more in play than simply who had the better year.
Possibly all three. Gonzales for sure.
Some of those players you mentioned are going to be moved into relief roles. That's already been discussed as a possible outcome. Also, as you say: There is no such thing as too much pitching. There are a few players in there who will have opt outs in their deals as well and they can seek other job opportunities at some point. Gomber is going to Class AA, at last check. Weaver will get priority. That's how they'll look at it. They'll set up starts at Memphis based on development -- and need in the majors. A guy like Marco Gonzales could get moved to a bullpen role because that's the role he'd have in the majors, and it would make sense to get him that experience now. And so on. The Pleau Principle is in place. It will sort itself out.
Seems like a good spot to end, you know before I get too longwinded or something. This has been a good opening volley for spring, especially considering there wasn't much happening here today. Wacha's hearing is over. The players have reported. There will be workouts tomorrow. Catch will be played. By this time next week, the full squad will have spun into action, and -- if we keep our eyes really open -- we'll see some of the changes that the Cardinals intend to make this spring. Last year's went sideways. They know it. We saw it. And a few players have said that the ragged play that cost them later had its roots clearly in spring training.
These weekly chats will give you a chance to ask about all that and more. A new year is nigh.