The club is intrigued by O'Neill, and you can see their reasoning. Legit power. Can play center. Young. Strong. He's got a lot of the traits and characteristics that you'll also hear associated with ... Randal Grichuk. That comparison is real, and so could be the outcome and the performance, or it could be completely different for O'Neill depending on the playing time. Adjustments. You know the drill. I think Magneuris Sierra is still underappreciated given his skillset and speed and what he could be for a team as far as picking liners in center and stealing hits and, if he improves, stealing bases. That kind of talent has a place in the modern game and could have an impact.
Not sure. It's confusing to say the least. I don't think it's widespread, though. So maybe don't judge the whole town based on the questions of a few folks in a little ol' fly-over chat for a Midwest paper that Giancarlo Stanton chooses not to subscribe to.
I wish I could remember who followed up on that so I could give credit. Chris Gardner, the former producer of The Writers' Block and a transcendent personality at 590 AM here in St. Louis, did check on it, and I believe it was him that reported there was a playoff caveat to the promise and thus Pham did not get it.
It does. But the Cardinals still see the appeal of the deal discussed this past weekend. And Nov. 20 is the deadline, yes.
Luis Perdomo would really have helped the 2017 Cardinals. No doubt. Might have helped 2016, too.
Regardless of what was said or done, the Cardinals -- and Matt Carpenter was a part of it, and he was one of the few to acknowledge it, on the record -- were so strapped for runs and so concerned about offense that they did try to make some foolish pushes on the bases just to generate offense. I can recall one time when Carpenter said that was his thinking. The team was struggling. Runs were rare. He wanted to try and force a place and he ran when he wasn't supposed to and got out. We saw that often, especially early in 2017 when the Cardinals just had no offensive identify -- or their identity was that they didn't have many ways to produce runs. That, yes, was incongruous with the personnel they had. It goes back to the root of things we talk about a lot: the lineup and its ability to score runs.
Mejia remains in the organization. Rosario becomes a minor-league free agent. This is his second outright.
Whether you get that line or not, it would not be a successful winter unless the alternative is an addition elsewhere. This is a pretty simple winter when it comes to grading out the Cardinals. They need additions to improve.
Of course they should. But there's no indication the Yankees are eager sellers at this point. He would be of interest to many teams looking for relief, Cardinals included, and some of this was discussed in the chat a few hours ago if you want to scroll back.
Power off the bench, but cast in a role that eventually caught up with Matt Adams and led to his move.
They have prospects at the ready to go on, but yes they are actively pursuing both free agents and trades, and all of that is now open to them as of this evening. That doesn't mean anything is imminent.
Your argument is based on a false premise. The art of not making outs is the game of baseball. Votto was not "called out" by Cincinnati media. There were several members of the Cincinnati media who know that outs are bad and getting on base is good and thus Votto is an exceptional player, one of the best hitters of his generation, and one of the best hitters in the game. QED.
I hope it was one of my best zingers and really captured my nuanced creativity as a wordsmith.
Both do. There is nothing wrong with both. There is room in the Hall of both. Just make it both.
Yessir. That was his and the Cardinals sense leaving the season.
None really. They still have to sign a free agent reliever, and there will be someone in that 40-man roster spot. I guess, what they do is they avoid the arbitration-assigned salary that Rosenthal was going to get for 2018 and not pitch much in 2018. Is that what you're talking about?